Megan Atencia, ELA
With degrees in English Literature, Global Health, and Spanish, Megan Atencia has built a career out of using literature to inspire, engage, and enable young people. She has worked both internationally and in the local community in a variety of capacities: promoting health education, using spoken word poetry and reading as a means to literacy, designing spoken English courses, and guiding capacity building and project design for nonprofits.
Outside of South Pointe High School, Ms. Atencia's current projects include community workshops in Phoenix and Tempe with underprivileged youth and mental/behavioral health patients, founding the writing collective Water Sprouts, founding the Of Color Artist Collective, writing the forthcoming chapbooks The Wrong Side of the Pacific and Colors of Aurora, and hosting at zine fests around the United States. She has or currently is partnered with Free Arts of Arizona, Project Lit, the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS, GlobeMed, Four Chambers Press, rinky dink press, Arizona Humanities, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Wasted Ink Zine Distro, and more. She has also been published in or featured by Off the Page, Write On Downtown, Weaving the Threads, Nasty Women, Grand Ave Festival, Sparky Slam, ASU Peace Corps, Wordplay Cafe, Local to Global Justice, and more.
Most days, however, you can find her re-watching Studio Ghibli films and eating banana pancakes.