STAFF

Daryll Lynne Evans, Executive Director, began her writing career as a playwright with the Performing Arts Conservatory in Colorado but has since turned to fiction and screenwriting. She has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she taught creative writing and worked with Sycamore Review. She has presented workshops for the Willamette Writers Conference, The South Coast Writers Conference, and Wordcrafters Conference. She teaches writing workshops for adults and teens.


Jorah LaFleur, WITS Teaching Artist, is a writer/performer who enjoys wearing many different hats. She finds herself on stage as a spoken word poet, event emcee, and actor.  For over a decade (2006 to 2019), she ran the Eugene Poetry Slam. Jorah believes that spoken word poetry can be an inestimably powerful tool for young people as they explore their evolving identities and linguistic skills. Jorah obtained her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, where she worked for several years with the nonprofit Gateways For Incarcerated Youth. She also worked as a paraeducator at Avanti Alternative High School in Olympia, before returning to Oregon in 2006. Jorah has been serving as the lead teaching artist and WITS coordinator for Wordcrafters in Eugene since 2017. 


Leah Velez, Content & Curriculum Coordinator, (they | she) is an interdisciplinary teaching artist and writer from Chicago, who loves using improv, and elements from RPGs for immersive learning experiences. A former high school teacher, and graduate of the University of Oregon’s MFA program in fiction, Leah is the coordinator of Wordcrafters in Eugene’s StoryHelix, the founder of TeachWriteNow, and when they’re not involved in some kind of storytelling shenanigans, they can be found dancing around the country on their bus with two cats and an amazing partner in crime.