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Lillian Dunn

Philadelphia, PA

Lillian is a poet and cultural organizer in Philadelphia whose work explores the power of art to cultivate belonging, and, in the words of urbanist Mindy Fullilove, “unpuzzle the fractured city”. As a 2007-08 Fulbright Fellow in Argentina, she studied community arts projects in juvenile detention centers, marginalized neighborhoods and schools. Upon return to Philadelphia she co-founded APIARY Magazine, a free, all-ages publication with a circulation of 10,000 that unites and amplifies emerging and established Philly writers across lines of class, culture and generation. Lillian runs the SPACES Artist in Residence Program at The Village of Arts and Humanities, a 30-year-old community arts organization in North Philadelphia. A 2-time winner of the ArtPlace America award, SPACES connects neighborhood leaders with artists to create unique arts-based solutions to local challenges. Lillian teaches poetry at Pathways, an LGBTQ recovery space, and writes with the Rogue Workshop, a collective that employs top working poets to offer arts education outside the MFA structure.