WNDB recently learned about the passing of Charlene Willing McManis, who participated in our Mentorship program. We express our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Ms. McManis was born in Portland, Oregon, and was a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She served 8 years in the United States Navy and later worked as a writer. In 2016, she applied for and was chosen to participate in WNDB’s inaugural cycle of our Mentorship program. She was paired with Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle.