Sarabande Writing Labs


The 2016 season of Sarabande Writing Labs is upon us, and we're thrilled to introduce the leaders, teachers, and artists in our community who will lead our writing workshops!



Bianca Spriggs is an award-winning poet from Lexington, KY. She is the author of four collections of poetry, the latest: Call Her by Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016). Bianca is the managing editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and poetry editor for the Hugo Award nominated Apex Magazine

Bianca will lead workshops through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.



Brandon “B. Shatter” Harrison is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher who competed in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Texas as a young person. As a member of the poetry and music collective Roots & Wings, he coached the 2015-2016 Young Poets of Louisville Brave New Voices team with Naiyana Williams, which competed in Washington, D.C. in summer 2016.


B Shatter will lead workshops through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.


Scz (pronounced seize) is a Louisville-based educator, scholar, poet, deejay, cultural producer, and mixed media artist whose work focuses on decolonization, Hip Hop, migration, identity and belonging. As an educator, they use Critical Hip Hop and emancipatory pedagogies to develop curriculum that is youth-centered, participatory and grounded in experiential knowledge.

Their work has been featured on and Y'all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration (as part of the National Queer Arts Festival).


Scz will lead workshops through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.

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Sarah Ivens Moffett is a Londoner who moved to the U.S. twelve years ago to launch a magazine in NYC. Now a writer, mother and PhD Candidate in Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville, her work has been published in Marie Claire, The Guardian, Glamour and The Telegraph. Her collection of essays, No Regrets, is published by Random House.


Sarah will lead writing workshops with a group of women who have experienced the loss of a child. 

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts-education program that supports writers in under-resourced communities through free workshops, publication, and literary events. To learn more, click here. To sponsor a writer in our current season, click here