Anna West is a doctoral student in the English Department at LSU, where she concentrates in the area of critical youth studies, poetry, and performance. She was the founding director of WordPlay Writing Project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the former director of Young Chicago Authors, winner of the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She is the co-founder of Louder Than a Bomb, the acclaimed Chicago teen poetry slam festival and subject of an award-winning documentary film of the same name. In 2011, Anna brought together poets and educators in Massachusetts to form Mass LEAP, a literary education and performance collective. Anna holds a B.A. in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was the recipient of the 2011 Arts in Education Faculty Recognition-Intellectual Contribution Award. She has published in Harvard Educational Review and presented her work at various conferences and speakers series including, “Getting Real” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Dangerous Women” at the Jane Addams Hull House, and on Chicago and Boston Public Radio programs, among others.
Area of Interest
Critical youth literacy studies, English education, creative writing and performance pedagogy
Awards & Honors
Arts in Education Faculty Recognition-Intellectual Contribution Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011
Wallace Douglas Service Award, Young Chicago Authors, 2003
Weinstein, Susan, and Anna West. "Call And Responsibility: Critical Questions For Youth Spoken Word Poetry." Harvard Educational Review 82.2 (2012): 282-302.