Communications Fellows

The Center invests in fellows who tell the stories of real people affected by economic justice issues.
  • Wendi C. Thomas

    Wendi C. Thomas | Writing Fellow

    Wendi C. Thomas is a social justice activist and award-winning journalist from Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to read some of Wendi’s stories.

  • Stephanie Land

    Stephanie Land | Writing Fellow

    Stephanie is mom to two beautiful girls and their shelter dog, Bodhi. She has worked as a house cleaner and landscaper to make ends meet and now works as a freelance writer whose work has been featured on The Guardian, Vox, DAME, Mamalode, Salon, Narrative.ly and Literary Mama. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Click here to read some of Stephanie’s stories.

  • Fredrick McKissack Jr.

    Fredrick McKissack Jr. | Writing Fellow

    Fred is a freelance writer, a former editorial page writer and journalist and currently is the co-coordinator of development for the Center for Nonviolence in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he lives with his wife and son. Click here to read some of Fred’s stories.

  • Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

    Darryl Lorenzo Wellington | Writing Fellow

    Darryl worked as a parking lot attendant in Savannah, Ga, before switching careers in his late 30’s. Since becoming a freelance writer, he has covered post-Katrina New Orleans, poverty exploitation in the plasma industry, and the Charleston massacre. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click here to read some of Darryl’s stories.

  • Alison Stine

    Alison Stine | Communications Fellow

    Alison Stine, a former high school teacher and professor who lives in Appalachia Ohio with her young son. As a freelance writer, her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Talk Poverty, and The Kenyon Review. Alison is also a visual artist whose street art appears as public murals and focuses on art as a tool for social justice.

  • Thomas Kennedy

    Thomas Kennedy | Writing Fellow

    Born in Argentina, Thomas Kennedy came to the United States with his parents at the age of ten, first living in New Jersey before settling down in Miami. After living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade and seeing the daily struggles his parents overcame in their daily lives in order to have a better life, Thomas became involved in student activism and immigration reform advocacy. He is currently an International Relations student at Florida International University and works with the Florida-based immigrant’s rights organizations United Families and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.


Too often, the media relies on tired tropes about poverty and who is poor, portraying people who live on the brink as either victims or deadbeats. Our writing fellows work to change the narrative of poverty, focusing on the real lives of the people who are struggling every day to make ends meet for their families. The fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and locations, but they share a passion for social justice and first-hand experience that brings powerful context to the stories they tell. Their stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox and Salon, among other publications.

We coach our Communications Fellows to tell their stories and those of the people in their communities and across the nation who live on the brink in this economy. Our goal is to raise the voices of low-income people and empower new leaders to speak out and join the movement through powerful storytelling.