Young Advisers Panel

Writing for Peace is pleased to introduce our panel of Young Advisers. These are young writers with an extraordinary commitment to peace. Check their pages and watch our blog for their inspirational posts.

DamilolaD.M. Aderibigbe, Nigeria

D.M. Aderibigbe was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated with a BA in History and Strategic Studies from University of Lagos in 2014. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. He is the recipient of 2015 and 2016 fellowships and honours from Oristaglio Family Foundation, Entrekin Foundation, Dickinson House, Callaloo and Boston University where he is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing.

Natan Blanc, Writing for Peace Young AdviserNatan Blanc, Israel

Natan Blanc is an Israeli who refused to serve in the IDF (Israeli army) “because of its actions against the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.”Natan held fast to his convictions, despite being jailed ten times.


Lyla June Johnston, Writing fr Peace Young AdviserLyla June Johnston, United States

Lyla June Johnston is a Navajo poet and peace activist from Taos, New Mexico, who has found her home in the service of humanity.


Amal KassirAmal Kassir, United States

Amal Kassir is a 20 year old Syrian-American spoken word artist. Born and raised most her life in Denver, CO, she came from a dinner table of tabouleh and meat loaf, Arab father and American mother, best meals of both worlds.


Writing for Peace is accepting nominations of extraordinary young activists, writers, and artists for our new panel of Young Advisers. Please send nominations by email, along with the reasons for your nomination, and contact information to, subject heading: Young Adviser Nominations.

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