William or 'Will' McInerney is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, and journalist specializing in the intersection of conflict transformation and creative expression. Will’s work addresses the complexity of the human condition in the midst of conflict across various perspectives, geographies, and cultures. Will is a Rotary Peace Fellow alumni and will begin his PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge in 2018 with a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious international scholarships in the world.
Over the past decade, Will’s work and research has focused in three primary areas including:
Engaging Men: infusing creative and critical praxis into gender equality and men's violence prevention education programs.
Youth Arts Empowerment: harnessing the power of spoken word poetry arts education and community engagement.
Poetic Journalism: utilizing oral history collection and poetic storytelling to shine a light on the human condition in the midst of conflict across the Middle East, North Africa, and the USA.
Will has taught and presented about peace education, spoken word poetry, and men’s violence prevention at over 15 universities and more than 100 schools, NGOs, non-profits, and businesses across North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia. Will is a National Poetry Slam Finalist, Southern Poetry Slam Champion, National Duo Slam Champion, and he was selected by the International Storytelling Center as one of the top-six emerging storytellers in 2015.
Will has published stories about peace, conflict, and education for NPR, American Public Media, and McClatchy & Company newspapers. He has a forthcoming chapter in Mediation Challenges and Perspectives by Editora Multifoco and his poetry, men’s violence prevention work, and education work has been featured in Forbes, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, Theater Journal, and Phi Delta Kappan.
"Will’s work in building community, and his unique style of storytelling, oozes cross-cultural connections and helps us find common ground in the search of a creative and more peaceful world."
- Kiran Sirah, President, International Storytelling Center