Springboard was founded in 2015 as a teen literary journal, published in coordination with Claire's Day, an annual children's book festival in Northwest Ohio. The annual print journal is a collection of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, all written by students from the Greater Toledo region.  Springboard Writing Lab was created in 2019 as a complement to the Journal. It offers schools creative writing workshops and resources, facilitated by professionals in the writing arts, to cultivate individual creativity and increase the quantity and quality of submissions to the Journal. Workshops are available to any school in Northwest Ohio, grades 3-12. Submissions to Springboard Teen Literary Journal are open to students, grades 6-12, in Northwest Ohio.

Who's Running Things Around Here?

Matt Russell is the founder of Springboard Writing Lab, and editor-in-chief of Springboard Teen Literary Journal. He is a writer and award-winning filmmaker. His short stories and poems have appeared in Fiction Southeast, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Furious Gazelle, and Khroma Magazine, and his short documentary The Builder won an Emmy® Award for "Best Short Format Program." He attended Bowling Green State University, majoring in Creative Writing, and is an alumnus of the Yale Writers' Workshop.

Jonie McIntire is the poetry editor for Springboard. She is the author of Beyond the Sidewalk (NightBallet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and will be releasing her third chapbook of poetry, Semidomesticated (NightBallet Press), later this year. She hosts two monthly poetry reading series, Uncloistered Poetry and Art & Performance Poetry, and regularly hosts writing workshops for poets of all ages. Jonie’s work has been published in journals across the country and even stamped into cement in Toledo, Ohio as part of the Arts Commission’s Sidewalk Poetry series.

Jamie "Turkey Bird" Russell is the disruptor-in-chief here at Springboard. Her duties primarily consist of demanding exclusive attention, typing nonsense on the keyboard with her massive paws, and sleeping on the job. She has performed this role since 2001.

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