School Placement: Elise Middle School
College: Barnard College
Spencer George is a writer and recent graduate of Barnard College, where she received a dual degree in English Literature and Human Rights with a concentration in Creative Writing. Spencer grew up across the Carolinas and her work is interested in the intersection of storytelling, empathy, and folklore in the rural South, with a focus on the Appalachian region of North Carolina her family hails from. She discovered her love of writing at a young age, and has written across genres, including poetry, essays, journalism, and novels as a repeat participant of NaNoWriMo. Her work has been featured on platforms including The Adroit Journal, Medium, Girlology, Skirt! Magazine, The L’Éphémère Review, and Not Your Girl, an online art and literary platform for young girls that she founded in high school. Spencer was the 2019 recipient of the Peter S. Prescott prize for Prose Writing.
Spencer spent the past year working at Girls Write Now, New York City’s first and only creative writing and mentorship organization for teen girls and gender non-conforming youth. Previously, she was an intern with the Mobile Tour team at StoryCorps, a student researcher on the SIT International Honors Program in Human Rights, and a yoga instructor at a boy’s summer camp in Canada. She can usually be found trekking the woods, looking for coffee shops, or in an airport.
She believes that storytelling is the most powerful tool for connection and change that we have and seeks to use writing and documentary to expand the narrative of rural America. Spencer is thrilled to be returning to North Carolina as an ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow and looks forward to the year ahead!