Spencer George

Senior Fellow, Creative Writer

Service Location: Lee County County
School Placement: West Lee Middle School
Graduate of: Barnard College

Spencer George is a writer and teaching artist born in San Francisco and raised in North and South Carolina. She holds degrees in English literature, human rights, and creative writing from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she was first encouraged to tell her stories of Southern life. Her work focuses on the intersection of storytelling, folklore, and empathy in the rural South, with a particular focus on the Appalachian region of North Carolina her family hails from.

Her writing has been published in The Bitter Southerner, The Adroit Journal, and Medium, and once received a shout-out in the The New York Times. Spencer is the creator and writer of Good Folk, a weekly newsletter about the people and stories of rural America and the American South. Currently, she serves as an ArtistYear Senior Fellow in creative writing and the Special Initiatives Assistant at Girls Write Now, and has previously been an intern for the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, a student researcher on the SIT International Honors Program in Human Rights, and a yoga instructor at a boys summer camp in Canada. Spencer was the 2019 recipient of the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing, and is at work on a reimagined Southern Gothic novel about young, queer love and the radical power of hope.

She is most often found drinking coffee, wandering the woods, or trying to find ways to get her students to finally think she’s cool. She is thrilled to be returning as a Senior Fellow with ArtistYear and expanding access to storytelling with her students at West Lee Middle this year!