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Jul 04

YWP Staff and Board


Executive Director Susan Reid: [email protected], (802) 324-9538
Susan is a former journalist at newspapers in Vermont and Canada. She is a former political reporter at the Toronto Star and editorial page editor of the Burlington Free Press. She joined Young Writers Project in 2011 as publications coordinator and became executive director in 2018. 

Publications Coordinator Anna Forsythe: [email protected]
Anna is a 2015 writing and publishing graduate of Emerson College. She joined Young Writers Project in 2018 and coordinates our publications, especially our media partnerships. She also mentors our writers and artists, and provides outreach through social media.

Editor William Anderson: [email protected]
William has worked in many areas of newspapers and magazines, and has a specialty in the arts. He is the former managing editor of Vermont Life magazine and before that, Weekend editor at the Burlington Free Press. He joined Young Writers Project in 2018, and provides website and program support, with a special focus on our anthology, ArtSpace, and journalism projects.


Hillary Read, Board President (writer, marketing & communications consultant); [email protected]
Aimee Picchi, Board Vice-President (CBS business reporter, writer of science fiction, YWP parent); [email protected]
Kathy Folley, Board Record Keeper (retired teacher, YWP editing support for our anthologies); [email protected]
Doreen Wright, Board Treasurer (retired newspaper copy editor including USA Today and Burlington Free Press); [email protected] 
Jacques Bailly (UVM classics professor, Scripps National Spelling Bee's official pronouncer); [email protected]
Erin Bundock (visual artist, YWP alumna); [email protected] 
Giovanna Di Paola Jager (designer, owner of Karma Bird House where YWP's office is located on Maple Street in Burlington); [email protected]
Reuben Jackson (poet, jazz archivist, former VPR Friday Night Jazz host, YWP workshop leader); [email protected]
Shannon Ripp (digital account manager, former YWP intern); [email protected]

Zinnia Hansen (Yellow Sweater on YWP)
Kevin Huang (KevinH on YWP)
Jadyn Mardy (Treblemaker on YWP)
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YWP SINCE 2006: Young Writers Project (YWP) was founded in Burlington, VT, in 2006 by Geoff Gevalt, then managing editor of the Burlington Free Press, with support from the Vermont Business Roundtable, to help young people become better writers. Geoff retired from YWP in 2018 to pursue his own creative writing projects, and Susan Reid stepped in as executive director. Over the years, YWP has evolved into a dynamic online community of teen writers and visual artists who post more than 10,000 submissions to each year. The YWP website stands out on the internet as an oasis of civility and creativity where aspiring young writers and artists meet and engage with each other through supportive comments, personal messages, and online forums, such as “Tiny Writes” and the “Book Club.” With YWP, you’ll explore and develop your craft, receive meaningful feedback, make friends, get published, and along the way, you’ll become better writers and artists. Sign up for your free account and join the YWP community!
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