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TORCH Welcomes Spring 2023 Administrative Fellows: Karl-Mary Akre and Faith Miller

L-R: Karl-Mary Akre, Faith Miller

Torch Literary Arts is thrilled to announce our Spring 2023 Administrative Fellows, Karl-Mary Akre - Program Fellow, and Faith Miller - Creative Content Fellow.

During their fellowships, Karl-Mary and Faith will research outreach strategies, initiate new programs and social platforms, and create content for TORCH's social media accounts. Additionally, they will learn about nonprofit management, digital marketing, and community engagement.

Karl-Mary Akre is a first-generation Ivorian American writer based in Austin, TX. Currently, she is an MFA Screenwriting Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers where she is developing a horror feature film script for her thesis. At UT Austin, she works as a Moody Center Writing Coach, helping undergraduate screenwriters with their creative projects. She has also been a Finalist for the 2020 PERIPLUS Fellowship, a mentee in WOC Unite’s #Startwith8 program, and a selected participant in the 2021 Athena Film Festival Virtual Writers Lab. As a TORCH Administrative Fellow, Karl-Mary hopes to grow in her interests in creative collaboration, arts administration, and uplifting Black artists’ work.

Faith Miller is a proud native of Houston, Texas. Her experience at Southern Methodist University sparked her passion and love for Black people and encouraged her to be a voice for Black women. Though she studied Communication and Public Relations, Faith’s passion for education led her to The Ohio State University where she completed her master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In 2017, she moved back to Texas to be closer to family and works at The University of Texas where she supports diversity initiatives. Faith describes herself as a homebody who loves reading and writing and enjoys exploring new places to eat and finding new things to do or see. Faith’s life and success have been shaped by the many Black women who have nurtured and cared for her. She is excited to support Torch Literary Arts as the Creative Content Fellow this spring!

Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Toi Derricotte, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.


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