Faculty, Staff & Writers

Youth Writers Camp Staff

Lacey N. Dunham (she/her/hers)
Youth Writers Camp Director

Lacey has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit arts administration with a particular focus in education programming at the director level, and has also worked in the publishing industry and in public schools. She holds a degree in creative writing from Hollins University and is currently Fiction Editor at the literary journal Necessary Fiction, which has published the work of Roxane Gay, Matt Bell, and Rumaan Alam, among others. She has formerly worked with A Public Space and Electric Literature and is a former fiction judge for the Minnesota Book Awards. Lacey has edited several print anthologies of youth writing as well as publications for the web. Her own writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Midwestern Gothic, The Other Stories, The Collagist, and Full Stop, among others. She loves birds, cats, running, backcountry camping, and motorcycle rides. She is a first-generation college graduate.


Tessa Houstoun (she/her/hers)
Youth Writers Camp Assistant Director

Tessa is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where she studied Studio Art and Critical Theory. She has worked as a production designer on independent films and as a freelance artist. After graduation, Tessa wanted to deepen and further her understanding of DC education policy while also combining her passion for creativity with a hands-on approach. Since joining PEN/Faulkner in October 2017, Tessa has assisted in expanding the Writers in Schools programming and its encouragement of reading and writing as creative outlets. She hopes to continue contributing to PEN/Faulkner’s advocacy of literacy and a love of literature.

We will update this page with faculty and guest writers soon!