Vancouver Writers Fest announces Kaile Shilling as new executive director

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      The Vancouver Writers Fest announced that Kaile Shilling is its new executive director.

      Shilling comes to the festival from her most recent position as the founding executive director of the Arts for Healing and Justice Network (which was formerly the Incarcerated Youth Network) in Los Angeles, California.

      That organization, which grew from a startup into a nonprofit with a $3 million budget, helped integrate arts programming into every juvenile detention facility in Los Angeles County, in addition to schools.

      Shilling also cofounded the four-part Create Justice series, a national gathering for leaders in arts, social justice, and youth justice reform, in partnership with Carnegie Hall.

      At the Vancouver Writers Fest, Shilling will work with artistic director Leslie Hurtig.

      The 2021 festival is slated to be held from October 18 to 24.