WingSpan Poetry Project



Elizabeth Jacobson (Santa Fe/Miami), Founding Director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, has taught for over 30 years at colleges and elementary schools in both New York and New Mexico. She has worked with young women at risk from the now closed Pinon Hills facility in New Mexico, and has taught poetry classes at The Youth Development Program for men through Upaya’s Prison Project in Santa Fe.  Elizabeth has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA in English from Rollins College.  She is the author of Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books), and a chapbook A Brown Stone (Dancing Girl Press).  A second chapbook from Dancing Girl Press, Are the Children Make Believe?, is forthcoming, fall, 2017.

Stella Reed (Santa Fe), Development Coordinator, and teacher for the WingSpan Poetry Project, has an MFA from New England College in New Hampshire. In conjunction with her work with the Whitney Project, Stella has led creative writing workshops for youth in northern New Mexico schools, and she has co-facilitated a writing group for young survivors of sexual assault. Included among her many achievements, Stella received a grant from Teachers & Writers Collaborative for the publication of the anthology If There is a Place, Writings by Kids About AIDS. She is the recipient of a NM Literary Arts grant for the poetry and visual arts workshop Ordinary Fabric, The Secret Language of Women.

Barbara Rockman (Santa Fe), Workshop Coordinator, has taught poetry and multi-genre writing for the past 16 years at the Santa Fe Community College, Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning and in private workshops. She is the editor of the anthology Women Becoming Poems, and the author of the poetry collection Sting and Nest, winner of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and the National Press Women’s Book Prize. Barbara received her MFA In Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her M.Ed. from Antioch -New England.

Lora L. Mitchell  (Miami), has been writing since she was a young child.  Diary of a Young Black Girl is her first published book.  She is currently working on a companion journal for Diary and publishing her second book of poetry, The Questions In Between.  She loves teaching and mentoring young people, reading, and listening to various types of music.  When not writing, you can find Lora performing with the Word Poet spoken word group and being active in the church community.