Girls Write Now is excited to release this year’s award-winning anthology, Breaking Through, at the Girls Write Now Awards Gala on June 3rd at 6pm at the Bowery Hotel. This literary celebration showcases the girls and their mentor’s best work, from poetry and fiction to screenplays and memoirs. This year, NYC’s First Lady has written a poignant foreword: “There are poems and stories here that record growth that is as definitive and permanent as a ring in a tree trunk. And there are the breakthroughs that will emerge years later, when the author looks back and realizes that her experience with Girls Write Now forever altered the trajectory of her life.”
Gloria Steinem says, “In giving young women in the five boroughs this biggest of all gifts, Girls Write Now is giving the rest of us the gift of those girls.” Praise for the anthology comes from countless authors, including Roxane Gay (“An Untamed State”), Meg Wolitzer (“The Interestings”), Christina Baker Kline (“Orphan Train”), Eve Ensler, AJ Jacobs (“The Year of Living Biblically”), Marcia Ann Gillespie, Jenna Blum (“Those Who Save Us”) Marie Manilla (“The Patron Saint of Ugly”) and more.
Here is a sampling:
“The more voices of young women of color that are heard the brighter the path for everyone.”
— Ana Castillo, Give It to Me
“The writing you’ll find in this anthology is powerful, resilient, and above all, true.”
— Dawn Davis, Vice President and Publisher, 37 INK/Atria
Girls Write Now is a breathtaking liberation. The wild birds are flying free.”
— Eve Ensler, Playwright and Founder of V-Day
“Replete with honesty, inspiration, and bold creativity, these pieces pay homage to our most revered female authors of the past and present and portend a great future.”
— Jane Friedman, Co-Founder and CEO, Open Road Integrated Media
The Girls Write Now anthology has been recognized with the Outstanding Book of the Year in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, along with honors from the Indie Excellence Awards and the New York Book Festival. The book has also won Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival and the Paris Book Festival.