The Idea of Bearing Witness
Life@GWN with Annabel Young
Life@GWN introduces our inclusive community of #storykeepers, #storytellers, #storygrowers, & #storyseekers. We’re thrilled to present one of our very own Fellows in her own words. Annabel Young is a writer, poet, creative, and comedian whose many talents inspire us and little jokes keep us laughing at Girls Write Now. Annabel's profile was brilliantly written by Fellow cohort member Azia Armstead, whom you'll meet in the next edition.
Tell Us about Your Life@GWN
My Life@GWN has been filled with friendship. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the smartest, most creative people out there—and am blessed enough to call them not only colleagues, but friends. I’d also like to shout out all the mentees and mentors I got to work with this past year; it’s been such a rewarding experience to read your writing, hear your feedback, and be witness to your creativity.
What About Doing Those Things Gets You Up in the Morning?
The idea of bearing witness; much of my day is bearing witness to the creativity and prowess of this community. This is really what gets me up in the morning, and encourages me throughout my day.
What is it about the Girls Write Now Work Environment that You Find So Special?
My coworkers make it special. I can’t shout them out enough! They’re so caring and passionate about the work that they do, and it inspires me daily.
What’s Your Superpower? How Does That Inform the Work You Do at Girls Write Now?
My superpower is making little jokes. I love a good laugh, and I love seeing people smile. If I can find a way to m
What’s Your Biggest Fear?
Loud noises! I’m scared of fireworks and concerts are hard for me. Looking for an ear plug investment in the near future…
Who Inspires You?
My older sister, Phoebe. She works in Indigenous food sovereignty and is the best cook I know. We try to FaceTime daily, but most days during the summer she’s at the farm, so it can be hard to reach her. I’ve never met someone so eloquent and caring, and she’s about to finish up her PhD! I’m so proud of her.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee all the way. I have to make a cup in the morning or else I’m grumpy, but thankfully I don’t get headaches or anything.
If You Could Teach a Class in Something at Which you Excel, What Would that Be?
Beading! I actually used to teach beading classes alongside my friend at the Native student house at Cornell, Akwe:kon. I’d love to teach beading again, beadwork is so important to me and a great, meditative way of expressing one’s creativity.
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