Keren Taylor

Keren Taylor, WriteGirl executive director, has been a community leader for two decades. In 2001, she founded WriteGirl with the idea of leveraging the skills of women writers to inspire teen girls. Keren has overseen WriteGirl’s expansion into a thriving community of women and teen writers and an organization that helps hundreds of Los Angeles girls annually. In November 2013, WriteGirl was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to exemplary after-school and out-of-school-time programs. In 2014, Keren was selected as a CNN Hero, recognizing her efforts to leverage the professional skills of women writers to help youth. In 2018, Keren was invited to serve as a member of the Barbie Global Advisory Council to help shape Mattel Inc.’s “Evolution of Barbie.” Keren serves on the board of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) and leads WriteGirl’s work with incarcerated and systems-impacted teens as a founding member organization of AIYN. Keren has directed the production of more than two dozen anthologies of writing by teen girls and their mentors. To date, WriteGirl publications have been awarded 92 national and international book awards. Keren is an assemblage artist and mosaicist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, a Piano Performance Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Diploma from the American Music and Dramatic Academy, New York City.


WriteGirl Has My Heart: A Conversation with Keren Taylor