Wordcrafters Camp Counselors

Jorah LaFleur, WITS Coordinator, is a writer/performer who performs on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, ceremonial officiant, and workshop facilitator. She has been hosting the Eugene Poetry Slam at Tsunami Books for the last eight years. Jorah believes that spoken word poetry can be an inestimably powerful tool for young people as they explore their burgeoning identities and linguistic skills. Jorah obtained her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, where she worked for several years with a non-profit organization that serves incarcerated youth.  She also worked as a paraeducator at Avanti Alternative High School in Olympia, before returning to Oregon in 2006. After re-establishing an artistic presence in Eugene, Jorah has continued to give school workshops and performances. 



Melissa Rose, executive director of SIRENS, began writing and performing poetry at age 15 and has been a member of the spoken word community since 2001. She has been an organizer, supporter and host of spoken word events throughout the West Coast and has been a team member and coach of 5 National Poem Slam teams. Melissa has been facilitating spoken word workshops with adults and teens for over 10 years. She has performed her poetry all over the United States and Germany and was a featured poet at the German National Poetry Slam in 2010.