Abe Louise Young is a believer in the power of community expression, words, generosity and vulnerability to make meaningful change.
She has taught at the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and at Loyola University Chicago, as well as at social justice organizations, bookstores, libraries and jails.
She’s the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Poem for a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter (Dancing Girl Press, 2019, poems about deep friendship and the dying process), Heaven to Me (Headmistress Press, 2017, poems about queer love and life), and Ammonite (Magnolia Press Collective, 2011, poems about coming of age and New Orleans). She’s also the author or editor of numerous guides for educators, including the free book Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your LGBTQ Students (Next Generation Press, 2011) and the anthology 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.
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.
She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from UT Austin, an M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Smith College.