In Response to Member Survey and Strategic Plan, MWPA Expands Staff
In May, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s board of directors completed a six month-long strategic planning process. The results of this initiative will roll out in 2019 and over the coming years. In anticipation, the organization is excited to announce some immediate staffing news: Hannah Perry’s role has been expanded and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc has been hired for a newly created position.
Hannah Perry has been promoted to Program Director. Perry began interning for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) in 2011. After a stint teaching in Peru and Chile, she returned to the MWPA in a part-time capacity in 2014 and, among other responsibilities, began coordinating MWPA’s workshops and programs. Today, Perry is a full-time staff member responsible for not only growing the organization’s statewide slate of writing workshops but also leading special events such as the upcoming PITCH sessions for authors to sit down for one-on-one meetings with literary agents and editors.
“Hannah was fairly fresh out of Barnard College when she first arrived to help with membership and other office tasks,” says MWPA Executive Director Joshua Bodwell. “She’s a powerhouse in the office, well-known to our members, and well-loved by our cadre of writing instructors.”
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc has been hired as the MWPA’s new Associate Director. Fay-LeBlanc worked many years as the executive director of The Telling Room in Portland, and recently served as the interim director of SPACE Galley in Portland. An award-winning poet, author of the collection “Death of a Ventriloquist,” he recently completed a three-year term as Portland Poet Laureate. After serving six years on the MWPA’s board of directors, Fay-LeBlanc brings an exceptional depth of organizational understanding to this new position.
“As a result of our new strategic plan coupled with our numerous achievements over the past few years, MWPA is on the cusp of an historic leap in growth, expanded programming and state-wide outreach,” says MWPA board president Deborah Cummins. “This is now all the more possible given Hannah’s promotion, Gibson’s new role as associate director, along with, of course, the ongoing, exceptional leadership of executive director Joshua Bodwell. This talented trio and my fellow board directors look forward to the future with energy and excitement.”
Longtime MWPA collaborator Stephen Abbott—who has led important initiatives for the organization in recent years such as the www.findmainewriters.org website—will continue to tackle special projects.
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