Ann Teplick



Ann Teplick is a poet, playwright, prose writer, and Teaching Artist, with an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For twenty-three years she’s written with youth in public schools, juvenile detention centers, hospitals, psychiatric units, and hospice centers. Ann began her work with Pongo in 2000, writing with youth in King County Juvenile Detention. In 2005, Ann started as Project Lead at Pongo’s flagship site, Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC) and has led the project with success ever since.

Her writing has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Crab Creek Review, The Louisville Review, Drash, Spartan, Hunger Mountain, Jack Straw Writers’ Anthology, Washington State Geospatial Anthology, Women on the Brink, the LitFuse Anthology, Just a Little More Time, 4Culture’s Poetry on the Bus, and more.

Her plays have been showcased in Washington, Oregon, and Nova Scotia. Since 2010, she’s participated in the Artist Trust EDGE Personal Development Program for Writers; was a Jack Straw and Hedgebrook Fellow; was a member of the WA. State Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Training Lab; was the poetry curator and poetry workshop facilitator for The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, De-stigmatizing Mental Illness, an art exhibit at Seattle City Hall, Highline College, and in Issaquah.

She has received funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture, for a collection of poetry, The Beauty of a Beet, Poems from the Bedside; from Artist Trust and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to adapt her young-adult novel Hey Baby, Wanna Dance? – a story about gender identity and homophobia among teens—into a full-length play; from 4Culture, for a collection of poetry and lyric essays, Snapped into Fractions, about twelve years of her writing with youth in psychiatric facilities; and from 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture for a young-adult novel in poems, The Zero G. of Key Lime Pie, a story that addresses suicide, vulnerability, and strength.


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