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“River of Words helps build community partnerships between schools, businesses, grassroots groups, and government agencies, and also promotes collaboration among teachers within schools.”

—Pamela Michael, River of Words co-founder
Meet Our Staff

Pamela Michael

Pamela is the co-founder (with Robert Hass) of River of Words. A writer, radio producer and host, and the former director of the United Nations Task Force on Media and Education, she has also worked for Save the Children (Egypt), the United States Coalition for Education for All, and many other development and educational organizations. She worked for the Discovery Channel’s Educational Division as a curriculum development consultant and was director of marketing and public relations for the San Jose Symphony. Pamela is the author of several books, including The Gift of Rivers; The Whole World is Watching: An International Inquiry into Media Involvement in Education, and many magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. Her anthologies of children's art and poetry are used in classrooms around the world. She has taught writing to aspiring and professional writers, as well as teachers, for over twenty years.

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MumoloSara Mumolo, Program Assistant

Sara Mumolo is the Progam Assistant for the Center for Environmental Literacy and the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the MFA Program at Saint Mary's College where she received the Agnes Butler and Alice Bagby Scholarships. Her chapbook, March, was published by Cannibal Books in 2011, and she was a finalist for the 1913 first book award. Since 2008 Mumolo has curated the Studio One Reading Series with Clay Banes. With Alisa Heinzman she publishes the CALAVERAS chapbook series and is also a Poetry Editor at Omnidawn. Read some of her poems in 1913: a journal of forms, Eleven Eleven, Typo, Real Poetik and West Wind Review, among others. The Mumolos are from Brindisi, the Italian port-town where Virgil died.

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Faculty Associates:

LeonDr. Raina J. León

A Cave Canem graduate fellow and Carolina African American Writers Collective member, Raina J. León, PhD has been published as a poet and writer in numerous journals and magazines, including, Damazine (Syia), The Journal (UK), Magma (UK), The Crisis, Natural Bridge, African American Review, Black Arts Quarterly, Poem.Memoir.Story, and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, among others. Her first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols (2008), was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize (2006), and her second manuscript, Boogeyman Dawn, a finalist for the Naomi Long Magdett Poetry Prize (May 2010), has been contracted for publication with Salmon Poetry (2012). She co-founded and serves on the editorial board of The Acentos Review (June 2008), an international, quarterly review published online that fosters the work of Latino and Latina artists and writers. She is currently an assistant professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.

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Student Workers:

CaseyCasey McAlduff, Regional Coordinator & Contest Intern

Casey is the Contest Manager and State Coordinator Liaison for River of Words. Casey earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009. Currently, she is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at St. Mary’s College, where she is also a Teaching Fellow. Since moving to California from Lexington, MA , Casey has developed an interest in the way that art is able to preserve the experiential sense of place, as well as the way that art allows individuals to converse with the world around them. Casey has pursued these interests by working for programs that promote poetry as an agent of social change and more specifically, as a means to increase literacy. In the past, she has worked for programs such as California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes’ non-profit organization, the Magic Poetry Blimp – a dramatic approach to the teaching of poetry in the classroom and in the community—as well as America SCORES New England, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through the unique blend of creative writing, service-learning, and soccer.

MargieMargie Simone, Student Administrative Worker

Margie Simone was born in Fresno, California. She was raised on a fig and almond farm. She is currently a freshman at Saint Mary's College. She is interested in a Health Science major and is also involded in the Dante Club. Margie also strongly believes in the SLOW food movement.