Our 2021 spring performance series was filled with boundary-pushing performances that will deepen your understanding of the world and yourself. Throughout the season, more than 2,500 people joined us to witness electrifying original storytelling from 140 teen writers who loudly and proudly shared their truths through prose, poetry, podcasting, video, illustration and more forms of multimedia work. You can still catch each episode on our YouTube channel.
At Girls Write Now Live: Unmuted, we are also proud to honor women authors and media makers who will deliver keynotes at the events. By turning off their mute buttons, they inspire and help amplify the voices of the next generation of writers and activists.
In this digital world, Girls Write Now Live: Unmuted is more than a show, it’s a movement—a gathering that pulses with the power of shared stories. A celebration of diversity and authenticity. The refreshing cocktail of connection and community we all long for during this time of isolation.
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- Friday, March 12 – Honoring Masuma Ahuja, author of Girlhood: Teens Around the World In Their Own Voices (Workman)
- Friday, March 26 – Honoring Georgina Lawton, author of Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong (HarperCollins)
- Friday, April 9 – Honoring Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of Libertie (Workman)
- Friday, April 23 – Honoring Naima Coster, author of What’s Mine and Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
- Friday, May 7 – Honoring Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, psychologist & founder of Therapy for Black Girls
- Tuesday, May 18 – Anthology Launch Party Episode with Honoree Abi Daré, author of The Girl With the Louding Voice (Penguin Random House)
- Friday, May 21 – Honoring Ashley C. Ford, author of Somebody’s Daughter (Flatiron Books)
- Friday, June 11 – Honoring Imbolo Mbue, author of How Beautiful We Were (Penguin Random House)
In the words of our mentees, Unmuted means…
“Not being afraid to express yourself” –Atiqa Chowdhury
“Being completely and truly yourself and speaking your mind; not holding anything back” —Viktoria Pavlova
“Being unrestrained emotionally and politically” –Gabrielle Galchen
“Overcoming insecurity” –Emma Kushnirsky
“Sharing your thoughts, even through the fear” –Shayla Astudillo
“A voice despite the silence of Covid” –Mai Listokin
“Unmuting not only on Zoom, but unmuting ourselves and demanding change in our country” —Dewou Minza
“Opening up even if you feel like no one’s listening”–Diana Sanchez
“Not caring whether your chaotic background noise shows” –Akiko Jindo
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“In these uncertain times, I am sure of one thing after watching these performances: the future is bright. Bravo!” –Dominique D.
“Truly bowled over by the care, creativity, personality and joy. Thanks for a great evening.” –Kate R.
“This is powerful to witness. The space, safety and sanctuary that is being created for young creatives to feel, know their worth, and share their work—with the support and care of their mentors throughout the process—is empowering. Thank you mentees for exploring, and mentors for seeing your mentees. The cultivation of strong and fully unfolding flowering humans in this exchange is so important for the world.” –Alyson W.
“These readers were just fabulous, so moving and profound. Thanks for creating this so I could hear them!” –Stephanie G.