Statera Mentorship: Iowa was created in the spring of 2019. It was founded by Charissa Menefee, who also serves as Regional Coordinator. The chapter is currently in its first cycle of pairings. Applications to become a mentee or mentor in the next class will open on January 1, 2020. To receive information about the next round of classes, please sign up for the Statera Newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact our National Co-Directors at

Iowa Regional Coordinator

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Charissa Menefee is a playwright, poet, director, performer, and educator. She has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as a writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts and the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s New American Playwrights Project. Her plays have recently been produced in Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Arizona, Washington, and Texas. When I Stopped Counting: Poems is available from Finishing Line Press, and her poetry can also be found in journals such as Adanna, Poets Reading the News, The Wild Word, Terrene, and Dragon Poet Review. After teaching in Arizona for many years, she now teaches scriptwriting, dramatic literature, and performance at Iowa State University, where she co-directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment. She is the founder of The EcoTheatre Lab in Ames and currently serves as vice-president of the Humanities Iowa board of directors.