Staff

APRIL is made possible by the volunteer work of:

WILLIE FITZGERALD, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Willie Fitzgerald grew up in Cabin John, MD, went to school in Wisconsin and now lives in Seattle. His writing has appeared in Everyday Genius, Hobart, Pacifica Literary ReviewCity Arts Magazine and online at MSN. Sporadically @williefitz.
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FRANCES CHIEM, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION

Frances Chiem (née Dinger) is a writer of fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in Fanzine, Poets & Writers online, Washington Trails and Kill Screen Daily, among other places. She works in environmental advocacy when she’s not at APRIL. She tweets @f_e_chiem.

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SARAH BAKER, MARKETING COORDINATOR

Sarah Baker has worked as an airport greeter in Los Angeles, an archaeologist on the Greek island of Astypalaia and an intern at Seattle’s Wave Books. She received her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. She is a founding editor at Letter [r] Press, a collectively-run publisher of handmade books, ephemera and the Small Po[r]tions journal.


Special thanks to APRIL alumni:

TARA ATKINSON, Founder & Managing Director
Tara Atkinson is the author of Bedtime Stories (alice blue) and the forthcoming Boyfriends (Instant Future).

REBECCA ZWEIG, Book Expo Coordinator
Rebecca Zweig is a poet living in Seattle and New York. You can find her on Instagram @constantmentalstability.pdf

RACHEL SHIELDS, Book Expo Coordinator
Rachel Shields is a graduate of the University of Washington M.F.A. in creative writing program, where she received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction for selections from her thesis project.  She has an M.A. in literature from New York University and recently presented a paper on creative writing and fostering critical thinking at the Association for Literature and the Environment Conference.  She has a short story forthcoming in Weave.


With thanks for additional help from AMBER NELSON and BRIE RIPLEY, past support from APRIL alumni KELLEN BRADDOCK, AIDAN FITZGERALD, SUMMER KARASKOVA and KENNY COBLE, and the many wonderful organizations we’ve collaborated with over the past five years: HUGO HOUSE, VIGNETTES, WASHINGTON ENSEMBLE THEATRE, BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES ON POETRY, FRYE ART MUSEUM, SATORI GROUP, and THE STRANGER.