Teaching & Working Artist: Sara Graybeal

ArtWell is home to some of Philadelphia’s most diverse artists. These nonconventional thinkers are constantly living outside of the box and are the teachers we trust to deliver our key lessons in your classrooms.

Meet Sara Graybeal. Sara is a writer and a spoken word artist and the current leader of the Youth Leadership Council. The YLC is an honest depiction of how poetry and art influence the lives of young people here in Philadelphia.

Starting at Parkway West in 2012, teens who had participated in grant funded We The Poets workshops asked to continue generating poetry under a mentor. This volunteer after school program, provided for teens across Philadelphia has enabled young poets from all walks of life to perform live, workshop their pieces under critical eye, and build a community of wordsmiths.

Sara Graybeal has taken on the leadership of these ambitious young writers and brings with her a background of sculpting works in the genres of ¬†fiction, memoir, and poetry. Every writer needs an editor, and to keep her writing fresh, Sara maintains a membership at the Backyard Writers fiction workshop group out of the Kelly Writers’ House.

Two poems based on her experiences as an educator are forthcoming in Apiary Online and the Asteroid Belt Almanac, both Philly-based publications.¬†To find out more about her writing and her work with young poet groups, check out her recent poem “Heirloom.” Her work with YouthBuild Charter School students can be found here as well.