Staff

MEET THE STAFF at PEN CENTER USA
 

Michelle Franke — Executive Director
Michelle is the Executive Director of PEN Center USA and founding editor of The Rattling Wall, a literary journal. Michelle has produced over 200 literary events across Southern California and was named a 2013 "Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She currently teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program in Los Angeles.


Amanda Fletcher — Emerging Voices
A 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, Amanda Fletcher has been teaching writing in the recovery community for two years. She was a flash fiction finalist for the Orlando Prize and her work has appeared in the Orange County Register and AfterParty Magazine. She is currently working on her memoir tentatively titled, HALO.


Libby Flores — Director of Literary Programs
Libby was born in Texas but has lived in Los Angeles for over ten years. She is a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, The Rattling Wall, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House Open Bar, The Guardian, Paper Darts and others. Libby holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She is the Director of Literary Programs.


Charles Day — Digital Media
Born in Southern California, Charles managed West Hollywood bookstore Book Soup before moving to New York, where he ran marketing departments at Melville House Publishing and BOMB Magazine. He’s a screenwriter and an independent filmmaker.


Andreen Soley — Development
For the past fifteen years, Andreen has worked as a researcher, grant writer, and program administrator. She currently serves on the board of Mary's Pence and the St Joseph Worker Advisory Council.


Stacy Valis  — Literary Awards
Stacy's background experience includes art administration, project management, and photography.


Rachelle Yousuf — Membership
Rachelle is a graduate student in English Literature at California State University, Northridge and the current President of the WNBA-LA Chapter. In her role as president, she is the co-chair of the LA Writers Conference.


Natalie Green — Program Coordinator
Natalie will graduate from UCLA this spring with a bachelor's in English and a concentration in creative writing. This year, Natalie managed Westwind, UCLA's Journal of the Arts, and completed her honors thesis––a short story collection tentatively titled Lost Angeles.


Christopher Eskilson — Program Outreach Coodinator
Christopher is a student at Pitzer College majoring in English and world literature. Last year, he served as a managing editor for the Claremont Colleges' The Student Life newspaper and an associate editor at Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. This spring, Christopher completed a poetry collection titled Erebus as his junior thesis.