Our final 2016 CHAPTERS reading series event was an energizing evening that celebrated our 2015-16 program year, graduating Girls Write Now mentees, and the voices of our talented performers. Our keynote, Naomi Jackson, author of The Start Side of Bird Hill, a highly recommended and newly published read, welcomed the celebration with moving words about the power of writing in our society.
IN OUR WORDS
Girls Write Now alum and now program intern Tiffani Ren glows about June CHAPTERS on our blog!
Read the thank you note that senior mentee and April CHAPTERS emcee, Shanille Martin wrote for GWN!
Girls Write Now Readers
Shanille Marin, Where I’m From; Valerie Pereyra, How To Deal With Missing Someone; Evelyn Hinton, The Unexpected; Jade Rodriguez & Linda Corman, Contact Lenses; Lauren Melendez, Vessel; Ruby Xiao & Nancy Hooper, Girl Code; Alyssa Colon, Typical American Family; Charlene Vasquez, Uniformity; Rachel Aghanwa, Daddy Please; Jada Fitzpatrick & Linda Kleinbub, I Am Not Art & Art; Mya Watkins, A Rose By Any Other Name; Chrisina Low & Shannon Carlin, Little Pieces; Shirleyka Hector, #nofilter
- MIKEY MERCEDES is a Girls Write Now Youth Board member and mentee alum. She describes writing as a lifelong passion, but says Girls Write Now helped her find her own unique voice. Now a freshman at Hunter College, she is a pre-medical studies student who is planning on double majoring in Biological Sciences and English Literature.
- LULJETA ZENKA Luljeta Zenka is now a Girls Write Now Youth Board Member and a mentee alum. Three years of being a mentee has led her to find a home in other genres of writing and has given her the drive to start her novel. She is a sophomore at Bernard M. Baruch College and is majoring in English and planning to go to law school.