Chavonn Shen

Chavonn Williams Shen is a Minneapolis native and an educator with a love of words. She is a first place winner for the 2017 Still I Rise grant for African American women hosted by Alternating Current Press. She was also a winner of the 2016-2017 Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose through the Loft Literary Center as well as a 2016 fellow through the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. The Orca Tribe Project has published her work and her poems have also been featured in The Coil. She has participated in writing workshops like the VONA workshop for writers of color and taught workshops throughout Minnesota for various grades, elementary through college. She co-taught a class at the Loft titled, “Reclaiming Language Through Form: A Poet’s Guide,” focused on providing poetry by people of color using poetic form as an act of resistance. Outside of the classroom, she was a program coordinator for the Minneapolis Park and Rec's citywide poetry and spoken word program, Spoken Summer. Writing has shown Chavonn to use art to explore new worlds, build communities, and advocate for the marginalized. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in creative writing at Hamline University.