Since 2013, Young DFW Writers, Inc (YDFW) has been transforming the lives of young people through critical and creative writing programs. Modeled after Young Chicago Authors (YCA), the original founders of the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival (also a 2011 documentary), YDFW is one of more than 14 cities across the country and Canada who use the YCA model to help educate and organize. Our programs include four years of curriculum, free writing workshops, and open mics for young poets and participation in our local Louder Than a Bomb festival.

YDFW began in 4 schools within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and continues to grow, offering a safe space and platform for youth expression that celebrates the voice of teens from various backgrounds. YDFW's programs serve as an introduction within a literary community that works to challenge students to engage in civic duty and to be agents of change within their communities.


Established on the corner of art and activism, it is our mission to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, performance education, and civic engagement. 


Tenasia N. Pagano - Executive Director
Jason Carney - Artistic Director
Cher Musico - Marketing Manager/Social Media
Tara Humphrey - Lead Teaching Artist
Autumn Lampier - Lead Teacher

Board of Directors

Bob Stephenson, Laura Roach, Miranda Rodriguez, Ronnie Stephens, Cher & Kerry Musico

2017-2018 Sponsors

University of Texas Dallas

University of Pennsylvania

One Love Foundation

Brave New Voice (BNV)

FnG Eats

Parker University

North Texas Food Bank

Genesis Womens Shelter

Altrusa DFW

Dallas ISD, DCCCD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Garland ISD, Keller ISD, Lancaster ISD, Mesquite ISD, Richardson ISD