Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She's worked in the United States and East Africa on participatory writing & literary projects designed to amplify youth voices and create space for generative dialogue and creative exchange. Her poetry and essays appear in Selamta, AramcoWorld, Addis Rumble, Contrary, Mambo, Matador, Teachers & Writers, Another Chicago Magazine, Konundrum, Paul Revere's Horse, Horseless Review, La Petite Zine, among others. For the last fifteen years, she has collaborated with major cultural and arts organizations, museums, institutions and centers to advance our collective thinking on critical literacy, community arts, teaching artists and community development. She's passionate about stories, East Africa, language, poetry, citizen media, and the politics of the imagination. Check out her work here: www.travelfarnow.com.
Rachel McIntire has been engaged in the study of art, education and culture for over ten years. She explores how the arts provide narrative-generating opportunities for individuals and groups. Rachel played a fundamental role in developing art-based programs serving Bay Area youth, including the art program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, The International Art Alliance, East Palo Alto Mural Art Project, and the International Mural Campesino, created to promote social change and youth leadership through the visual arts in rural eastern Honduras. Rachel lived in Mexico City where she worked with La Secretaria de Educacion Publica in the Department of International Relations on PROBEM, and collaborated with arts groups and artists serving marginalized youth. Rachel brings expertise in non-profit management, program development, curriculum design and program assessment. This work has led to projects in Honduras, New York and Northern California for a variety of social service and arts organizations. She currently heads the Art Department at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco.