Mighty Volunteer: Lisa Nwankwo (con’d)

What skills are necessary for a Mighty volunteer? Writing, obviously, but also a desire to better your community.

What is unique about Mighty Writers South? The kids. The incredible warmth of Andrea Walls and James Owk.

What makes someone a Mighty Writer? The courage to tell a story, and a desire to learn.

What was your favorite book as a kid? “Little Women,” though I read every single book in “The Baby Sitter’s Club – Babysitters Little Sister” and “Fear Street” series.

What did you like to write as a kid? Short stories and funny poems. I also started a class newsletter in fourth grade.


My dad taught me how to read before I even started school.


Who influenced you to care about writing ? My dad taught me how to read before I even started school. It was an escape and writing a daydream that I could put down on paper and keep with me.

What was the last book you read? How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston. It’s an incredible (and incredibly funny) autobiography and social commentary about his experience of being black in America.

What keeps you coming back to Mighty Writers? The kids.

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