Meet the Woke Words Team
Sarah May, Lead Coordinator
Sarah May (she/hers) is a biracial Salvadoran American, artist, writer, curator, facilitator, and advocate based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a B.F.A. in Photography & Digital Imaging from the University of Utah, and an M.A. in Community Leadership with an Emphasis in Art & Culture from Westminster College. Sarah creates work exploring the intricacy of narrative through imagery and text reflecting on the collective human experience using cyanotype, film photography, retablo ofrendas, and her own writing. Her current work and process reflect her journey exploring identity as being cyclical and evolving, the links personal ancestry manifests in prosperity, embracing Indigeneity, and the idea of destiny and healing as intertwined. Sarah continues her thesis work cultivating and advocating for designated spaces of healing, connection, and empowerment for BIPOC communities with an emphasis in Black, Indigenous, and Womxn and Femmes of Colour. https://sarahlizmay.com/
Ylan Lockwood, Co-Founder & Coordinator
Ylan Camille Lockwood is a student and published author of two young adult novels. In 2018, she won the National Scholastics Silver Writing Award, and has participated in numerous writing programs, including The New York Times Summer Academy, Writopia, John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and 826 Valencia, founded by Nínive Calegari and Dave Eggers. She has served in junior counselor roles for YWCA Utah and Harvard’s Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Programs. During the summers, Ylan works in Vietnam with at-risk students living in poverty via the Thrive Networks education program. She hopes to continue volunteer work with refugees and underserved youth in her community. Ylan is Vietnamese American and was born in San Francisco.
Meeyong McFalls-Schwartz, Co-Founder & Program Director
Woke Words is directed by Meeyong McFalls-Schwartz, YWCA Utah’s Director of Development. As a Korean American adoptee and freelance writer, she has published essays on identity, family, and culture in Nylon, Brooklyn Magazine, and other publications. Please direct all inquiries regarding the Woke Words program to her at email@example.com.