Decolonizing Your Organization: BreakBread Literacy Project Model

Room 332, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Many youth arts organizations rely on a hierarchical structure that reflects adults’ vision without engaging young creatives in the joyful work of self-determination. BreakBread Literacy Project upends this model: placing youth in organizational leadership at BreakBread magazine, fundraising, and daily operations. Join panelists as they discuss how organizations can create more inclusive communities led by the people they seek to serve.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP23-_BreakBread_Panel_Outline.pdf



Jamie Danielle Logan is pursuing a PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked for the Mississippi Book Festival and edited the Mississippi Review, The Pinch, BreakBread, and Product magazines. You can find her writing in the New Ohio Review, VIDA Review, Okay Donkey, and more.

W. David Hall is CEO and president of The BreakBread Literacy Project. He has directed the Kenyon Young Writers Program for 21 years. He teaches high school English in Los Angeles and co-coaches his school's slam poetry team. He has also published Culture and Context, a writing guide.

Jamie Lyn Smith is a writer and editor. The recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, she is also fiction editor at BreakBread magazine and a consulting editor at the Kenyon Review. Her short story collection, Township, was published by Cornerstone Press in January 2022.

Crystal AC Salas is a Xicanx poet, educator, and community organizer. She serves as poetry editor for BreakBread magazine. Her chapbook Grief Logic is co-winner of the inaugural Alta California Prize, and she is a 2021–2022 California Arts Council Established Individual Artist Grant recipient.

Cara Echols is an artist and writer serving as art and social media director and leadership member for BreadBread Literacy Project. She enjoys writing experimental and speculative literature focusing on the human mind and condition and is currently working on a short story collection.


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