YPAL is proud to announce our 2024 YPAL Award Winners! Meet Belle Townsend. Belle was nominated by peers for connecting, engaging and developing in our community and was recognized among more than 200 nominees.

Currently based in Louisville, Belle Townsend is a writer, organizer, and baker from Robards, Kentucky. They left Kentucky to study Political Science and International Relations at Boston University. They have since returned and worked on 8 Kentucky election cycles, including on both of Andy Beshear’s campaigns for governor.

Belle is the Political Correspondent at Queer Kentucky, a diverse LGBTQ+ run non-profit working to bolster and enhance Queer culture and health through storytelling. Belle has covered the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being pushed in the 2023 and 2024 Kentucky legislative sessions.

Belle has written 3 poetry collections: Push and Pull, The Observer Effect, and The Holy in the Humdrum. They have had poetry published in 20+ publications. Belle writes about forgiveness, girlhood, resilience, rural life, community, queerness, and justice, all in an attempt to invite people into political conversations through the folk practice of storytelling.

Belle’s full-time work is in digital organizing for social and civic campaigns. The internet is a tool Belle uses in their personal capacity on social media as well, in order to make information about politics and culture accessible. When Belle is not working, writing, baking, or doomscrolling, they are spending time in community and with their cats, Cowboy and Lovebug.

YPAL Award Winners will be celebrated at YPAL Homecoming presented by Deloitte on Wednesday, June 26 at Louisville Slugger Field. To register for YPAL Homecoming presented by Deloitte, click here.

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