Abe Louise Young is a believer in the power of words, generosity and vulnerability to make meaningful change.
She’s the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Heaven to Me (Headmistress Press, 2017), Ammonite (Magnolia Press Collective, 2011), and Poem for a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter (forthcoming Spring 2019 from Dancing Girl Press.) She’s also the author or editor of numerous guides for educators, including the free guide Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your LGBTQ Students (Next Generation Press, 2011) and Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays and Vision from American Teenagers (Next Generation Press, 2005).
She was nominated as Best Activist in Austin 2017 by the Austin Chronicle for her work mobilizing hundreds of people to prevent homelessness by building personal resource-sharing networks with families displaced by Hurricane Harvey, an effort called Hurricane Love. In 2006, she was awarded Best Archive of Survival for work mobilizing a community to assist Hurricane Katrina survivors in a listening, resource-sharing and oral history project called Alive in Truth.
Young teaches as a Lecturer at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her MFA in Writing. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a BA from Smith College.
She previously served as the co-director of Prizer Arts & Letters, a free center for socially engaged arts and literature, and currently serves as the Director of Education and Training at Texas CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.