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5 Questions: Bre’Anna Girdy, WITS Program Coordinator

Meet Bre’Anna Girdy, our new Writers in the Schools Program Coordinator!

Bre’Anna, who will be working with the WITS team to help empower young people in WITS classrooms, publications, and on SAL stages, is a recent University of Washington grad with a top secret reading spot.

To introduce Bre’Anna to the SAL and WITS communities alike, we asked her these five questions . . . 

Welcome, Bre’Anna! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Heyo! My name is Bre’Anna, and I’m a recent University of Washington grad! I spent my middle school and high school years studying to become a world-famous scientist. When I got to UW, I realized that I wanted to be a writer! After this realization, I interned at Seattle Arts & Lectures for a quarter and loved the creative environment, so I came back after graduation.


What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

Being fresh out of college means that I now get to explore all of the immersive experiences I’ve been wanting to do. For right now, I’m really interested in understanding who I am now that I’m not in school (for the first time in about 18 years). I read, write, and meditate. Oh, and I listen to a lot of podcasts to stretch my worldview! Aside from that, I spend a lot of time with friends out in the city. Right now, we’re talking about maybe going on a group vacation next year!


What most excites you about the upcoming season?

I’m excited about so many things this year! What excites me the most right now is working with a new team on a variety of projects. Everyone here at SAL is so vibrant and creative, and I’m so eager to grow alongside them, and learn how to develop that same energy of my own. I’m looking forward to working with the Writers-in-Residence. I know I’ll learn how to be a better writer by simply being in their presence! Last but not least, I’m really excited to see Carol Anderson and Ta-Nehisi Coates speak! I’m really interested in involving myself in social justice in a way that works for me, and both Anderson and Coates have produced work that speaks to me.


Where’s your favorite place to go read in the city?

I’m an interesting person, to say the least, because I thrive in the quiet, but my favorite place to read is in the thick of downtown. It’s a special little place for my friends, and I so I won’t namedrop it so publicly, but it seems like the only place where all of the noise of the city turns perfectly into music.


What was your favorite book you read as a child?

For some reason, no matter how old I get, I distinctly remember reading the children’s picture book Corduroy. (Maybe it’s because my mom always dressed me in corduroy…) Anyway, I lost the book a long time ago, probably in between moves, but I always flipped through the book even though I could recite the entire story to my mom without even having the book in hand.

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