Our second event in the CHAPTERS Reading Series, in April, saw special guest speaker Emily St. John Mandel, author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, join the stage with our talented teen writers at Scholastic.
In Our Words
See what mentee-mentor pair Meek Thomas & Carlene Olsen had to say about their first CHAPTERS experience this April.
Girls Write Now Readers
Misbah Awan, underCOVER hijabi; Ayanna Bailey, Long Way To Go; Karilis Cruz, Black Ash; Karina Martinez, My Last Hymn; Shrien Alshabasy & Bria Cole, Cooking With Friends; Roberta Yadira Nin Feliz, Watercolor Skin; Xena Leycea Bruno, Taunting Little Jar of Sugar & Jeanne Hodesh, A Foodie Comes of Age; Fareena Samad, Expectations of a Sixteen-Year-Old Writer; Rachel Zhao, Letters; Seanna Viechweg, Mother Dearest; Brittney Nanton, Braces; Diondi Williams, Haunted Dreams; Amber Wade & Kate Petty, Humans; Kirby-Estar LaGuerre, A History Lesson; Meek Thomas & Carlene Olsen, Dear Guy; Mya Nazaire-Watkins, Imperfect Connections; Rumer Legendre, Finding My Voice & Vivian Conan Rumer
- MIKEY MERCEDES is a senior at DeWitt Clinton High School and has been a mentee at Girls Write Now for two years. She describes writing as a lifelong passion, but says she didn’t really find her voice until joining Girls Write Now. Aside from writing, she is an eyeliner connoisseur, loves lasagna, and enjoys listening to the soulful stylings of Drake.
- JUDY ROLAND is president of Roland Communications and works chiefly as a ghostwriter for senior business executives. She loves being a member of the Girls Write Now community, collaborating with other mentors and mentees, and exploring new genres of writing. Judy’s other passions include spending time with her family and long city walks.
Guest speaker talk
Guest speaker interview
Emcees Mikey and Judy
At the April reading, emcees Mikey and Judy perform spoken word pieces from their five-minute free writes.