Fall 2016 will see Girls Write Now alumnae joining the ranks of scholars at universities from NYU, Columbia, Barnard, and Hunter College here in the city; to Bard, Stony Brook, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY Purchase in upstate New York; and as far afield as Dickinson College, UPenn, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie Mellon. They will start college armed with scholarships from The New York Times, Questbridge, Posse, Beat the Odds, and more — many full-rides. Congrats to our girls and enormous thanks to our mentors and college prep leaders.
“Most people can’t imagine BEING something until they can SEE themselves represented. As a woman of color — a Latina — I believe my board presence would send a valuable message to a community that is desperate for role models.” -Galina Espinoza. We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Girls Write Now Board of Directors: President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing, Ellen Archer; Senior Director for the Strategic Content Unit at NBC News, Galina Espinoza; and former investment banker and childrens advocate, Marie Dolan. Our all-women Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from publishing, finance, law, education, and more.
“When I was first asked to emcee the 2016 Girls Write Now Awards…I couldn’t wait to represent the organization that helped to shape the person I am today.” Kirby-Estarr Laguerre, Girls Write Now’s mentee and Co-emcee of the 2016 Girls Write Now Awards, reflects on her experience hosting a room of 300 guests alongside Fusion Anchor and Special Correspondent Alicia Menendez — and moment she read an excerpt from Lena Dunham‘s new book, Is It Evil Not To Be Sure? Lena is donating all profits of this book to Girls Write Now.
Every month, New York’s best and brightest women come together for Women of Letters — a celebration of the lost art of letter writing. May’s event, held at Joe’s Pub at the Public, included writer and Senior Editor at Marie Claire Jen Ortiz, who is also a Girls Write Now mentor! Jen performed a piece to fit with the night’s theme “to my never again” and joined Women of Letters Pamela Des Barres, Eileen Myles, Martyna Majok, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Antonia Hayes.
When the lights dimmed, Girls Write Now was transported to Liberia, Africa during its Civil War. Eclipsed — the first Broadway production in which the playwright, director, and cast are all women — hosted Grace Han and her Girls Write Now peers for the evening. Says Grace: “Eclipsed…grew the bond between the Girls Write Now girls who, together, had just witnessed the stories of sisterhood. After all, the girls of the Writing & Mentoring Program and the girls of the Digital Media Mentoring Program are like sisters, taking on this world with writing and media, respectively, and most importantly, together. And for this, thank you Girls Write Now!”