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Tavia Stewart-Streit

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Tavia Stewart-Streit was the deputy director of National Novel Writing Month. She was also the first employee NaNoWriMo hired after becoming a nonprofit, joining as the managing director.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2003 with an accidental degree in creative writing[1], she moved to the Bay Area to try to make a living with her degree. During this time she waited tables at two restaurants and completed three internships. One of those internships turned into a job in customer service at McSweeney's. When the Office of Letters and Light announced the managing editor position, Tavia's supervisor passed the posting along. Three weeks after accepting the position, she moved across the bay to Oakland[2][3].

As OLL expanded, Tavia has held a number of positions in the organization. In 2007 she took the post of Young Writers Program director and worked to expand the program[4]. In 2009 she added the role of operations manager (later deputy director) to her many duties, taking on this position full-time when Chris Angotti adopted the Director of Programs position[5]. As Deputy Director, Tavia oversaw finances, the NaNoWriMo Store, and Donation Station, while assisting Grant Faulkner with strategic planning and operations. She is a co-author of Ready, Set, Novel! In early 2015, Tavia stepped down from her position as Deputy Director to concentrate on her goals of restaurant ownership.

Tavia is also known for her dares, which appeared on NaNoVideo from 2009 to 2012.

In her spare time, Tavia volunteers at Watchword Press and curates audio tours. She enjoys yoga, writing short fiction and poetry, and owls[3][6].


  1. Tavia Stewart-Streit. "The Accidental Writer". 13 June 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2013. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/6496471368/the-accidental-writer
  2. Lynn E. Hazen. "NaNoWriMo & YWP: An Interview with Tavia Stewart-Streit, Director of the Young Writers Program & Operations Manager at the Office of Letters and Light." 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010. http://lynnhazenimaginaryblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/interview-with-tavia-stewart-streit.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 NaNoWriMo's staff page. Retrieved 26 July 2010. http://www.nanowrimo.org/staff
  4. NaNoWriMo's history page. Retrieved 26 July 2010. http://www.nanowrimo.org/history
  5. Lindsey Grant. "An Interview with Chris Angotti, our new YWP Director!" Interview with OLL intern Candace. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/429
  6. Sarah Mackey. "Things I Learned About OLL During My Internship: A Top 10 List by Sarah". 25 June 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/427

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