Amber Flame (Director of Reentry Programs) became involved with The IF Project in early 2009, when she began facilitating the weekend intensive writing workshops inside the women’s prison. Over the next 10 years, she led writing workshops in the men’s prisons and juvenile centers, conducted trainings, and written curricula for the IF Speaking Teams across the country. She joined the team full-time in 2017 as the Director of Reentry Programs, engaging in strategic planning for the development and maintenance of all internal and external programming. She oversees the IF Reentry Center, staff, facilitators, and volunteers, and is leading organizational growth through expanding partners and resources.
Amber is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, Yefe Nof, and more. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal. A 2016 and 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was published in 2017 through Write Bloody Press. Flame served as the 2017-2019 poetry Writer-in-Residence for the Hugo House in Seattle.