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Chris Dempsey teaches English, creative writing, journalism and American character classes at Eagle High School in Eagle, ID. Originally from Middleton, Idaho, he is the author of Winter Horses, a book of poetry. Dempsey is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from Idaho Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and has been an Eagle High Teacher of the Year, where he also coaches track and football. He received a master's degree in Arts in Education from Boise State University.
"Too often in adolescence they're afraid to talk about things, and writing is a place where you can talk about what you feel. And what I try to do is teach them is you don't write about feelings; you show images that express feelings."
Meghan Kenny, a writer who lives and teaches in Baltimore, spent seven years during and after graduate school in Boise. Kenny held the 2008-2009 Tickner Writing Fellowship, was a 2008 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, and won the 2005 Iowa Review Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Hobart, Pleiades, The Florida Review and The Kenyon Review, and she was a 2010 Tuition Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and a MFA in fiction from Boise State University.
"I want them to leave here feeling encouraged and supportive and like they are good writers and like they should keep writing. This isn't the kind of camp where you come to get your work critiqued and torn apart and sent home and told whether or not you can be a writer. It's a place for them to play and explore with words and language and ideas."
Nicole LeFavour is an Idaho State Senator from District 19 (D-Boise.) LeFavour, who grew up near Challis, ID, has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a bachelor's degree from the University of California/Berkeley in the evolution of cognition. She teaches creative writing at The Cabin in Boise, a literary center, and has represented the state in the National Slam Poetry competition.
"I don't think I would want to be anywhere else in the world...this program brings together the writers and the kids from all over the state in a place so spectacular, and where the wild is just right out the back door. You just don't have that anywhere else in the world."
Catherine Jones, a freelance writer from Missoula, MT, also taught during the 2010 Writers@Harriman session.