Organization: The Porch, Nashville's non-profit center for writing
Job Title: Co-Exectutive Director
Bio: A native Nashvillian, Susannah Felts is a writer, editor, and cofounder / co-executive director of The Porch, Nashville's nonprofit center for writing. She teaches classes in fiction and creative nonfiction writing for the Porch and taught for many years at the college level. Susannah holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is the author of a novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, and a contributor writer for Humanities Tennessee's Chapter 16. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as the Oxford American, the Nashville Scene, the Chicago Reader, The Sun, Quarterly West, Longreads, and others. She lives with her husband, the writer-editor Todd Dills, and daughter Thalia in East Nashville.
KATIE MCDOUGALL Prior to cofounding The Porch, Katie McDougall spent fifteen years as a high school English teacher in Colorado, Nashville, and The Bahamas. She is author of the novel, The Color Wheel. Her short fiction has appeared inBarcelonaReview.com, Storyglossia.com, and in Soundtrack Not Included. She holds a BA in English from Colorado College and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Colorado State University.
Susannah Felts will be presenting:
At 9:15AM-10:00AM, in Studio D
Do you dream of using your artistic skills and passion for the good of the community? Do you believe that thriving cultural institutions are a crucial part of Nashville’s future? In this presentation, the founders of Nashville’s nonprofit literary center, The Porch, will discuss how they channeled their love of the written word into a successful, growing arts nonprofit in under three years. Susannah Felts and Katie McDougall will also touch on the ways in which literature and writing in general can be a force for progressive change and self-improvement, no matter how you define yourself as a creative.
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