Ford, April

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By weekday, April is a Youth Worker for the Pointe-Saint-Charles YMCA program Pathways to Education. By the weekend, she’s a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her published books include Carousel (a novel), International Book Awards Winner for LGBTQ Fiction; Death Is a Side-Effect (poems); and The Poor Children (stories), Winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction. In addition, she’s a Pushcart Prize recipient for her short story “Project Fumarase” and has held fully funded residencies at Ucross Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

April has extensive experience in helping people discover their aptitudes for language and creative expression. She’s especially interested in how we can use our built-in skills—along with potential we might not yet realize we have—to tell original stories and make our experiences accessible to others. Through fiction, poetry, memoir, drawing, and public speaking, April provides tools for people to find their voices, try out new voices, and even be a voice for others. As every individual and group is unique, she adapts workshop content and activities accordingly, always intending to challenge and empower participants. 

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