People

Mallory Hellman

Mallory Hellman

Title/Position
Program Director, IYWP
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Mallory Hellman (she/her) has served as the Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project since 2015. Prior to that, she received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard. Mallory's nonfiction has appeared in Tuesday Magazine, Forbes, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and at K-12 schools, community centers, residential rehabilitation facilities, and shelters throughout the Midwest. Mal's favorite part about life with the IYWP is hearing students read their work aloud. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, solo (or group!) dance parties, and cooing to the nightshades in her garden. Her favorite word is "robust."
Camille Socarras

Camille Socarras

Title/Position
Associate Director, IYWP
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Camille Socarras (she/her) is a word nerd who earned her BA and MA from the University of Iowa, focusing her studies on French and Francophone language, literature, and culture. She has taught a wide range of ages and levels - young elementary school through early graduate-level and beyond - and was as surprised as. anyone at how much she loves to teach. While her personal and academic interests are quite varied, Camille feels strongly about working toward social advancement in educational settings, holding the ultimate goal of making the classroom experience challenging, fun, engaged, and empowering.
April Bannister

April Bannister

Title/Position
Education and Volunteer Coordinator
April Bannister (she/her) is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa, where she holds a degree in English and Creative Writing as well as a certificate in Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives. She enjoys writing across all genres, especially within a mental health focus. Among others, her work has appeared in UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, The Pittsburgher (formerly The Dog Door Cultural), and The Raven Review. In her free time, April loves rock climbing, drinking chai lattes, and spending time with her dog, Scooter.
Tiana Warner

Tiana Warner

Title/Position
Community Outreach and Development Coordinator
Tiana Warner (she/they) received her BA in African American Studies from the University of Iowa. They have been writing and performing spoken word poetry for 8 years and have held workshops across the state on the basics of performance poetry for youth. She has competed in two international poetry slams as part of a team representing Des Moines, IA. Their favorite things are listening to rap music, eating and making soup, spending time with loved ones, and late-night adventures with friends.