Abe Louise Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976. She’s a writing coach, editor and social change artist. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and editor of numerous anthologies of writing by American youth.
Her work has received the Vilcek Prize in Poetry from the Bellvue Literary Review, a Story Prize from Narrative Magazine, the Nell Altizer Prize in Poetry from the Hawai'i Review, a Grolier Poetry Prize, a Best of Austin Award and other honors. Young’s poems and prose appear in The Nation, WITNESS, New Letters, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, The Texas Observer and elsewhere.
She serves as Co-Director of Prizer Arts & Letters, a center for socially-engaged art and literature in Austin, Texas. She also works as a consultant to nonprofits and individuals.
Over the past twenty years, Young led writing workshops in more than thirty states, and has worked on a wide variety of story-based social change projects. A few examples are below.
Jailhouse Stories: Voices of Pre-Trial Detention in Texas, an initiative of the Texas Jail Project, sharing first-person narratives of human rights abuses in Texas county jails
Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your LGBTQ Students, a free guide published by Next Generation Press
Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History Project, which collected testimony from survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Creative Actions for Equality, a program empowering youth to prevent gender-based violence using media arts
The Danish-American Dialogue on Human Rights, a team that interviewed Holocaust rescuers in Denmark and contributed their oral histories to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
From 2003-2007, Young worked as a freelance education journalist for the national newswire What Kids Can Do, Inc..
She holds an MFA from the James Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, an MA from Northwestern University and a BA from Smith College.