In partnership with Open Road Integrated Media, Girls Write Now celebrated last year’s Remix theme, our intergenerational commitment to mentoring women writers in the digital era. In June, special guest speaker Andi Buchanan, author of The Daring Book of Girls series and Gift, joined the stage with our talented teen writers.
From Figment.com: “Spotlight on Sharline and Nancy”
Girls Write Now Readers
Samantha Young Chan & Alex Berg, Novus: the Radio Excerpt; Sade Swift, Meeting My Other Self; Sharline Dominguez & Nancy Mercado, Observations from the New Museum; Flora Li, Snow; Tiramisu; My Man; Samantha Mozes, Song of Derceto; Andreina Avalos, Torn: My No-Longer Best Friend; Mariah Teresa Aviles, I Write Not Because I’m Happy or Because I’m Free; Erika Alfaro, Underground; Gina DiFrisco & Kate Trebuss, Columbia University Christmas; Najaya Royal, Butterfly Boy; Idamaris Perez, Teen Thirst for Justice; Sophia Chan & Siobhan Burke, Courtship: It’s Funny How I’ll Never Figure It Out; Christina Butan, Wasted Youth; Kaytlin Carlo, Some Days Over the Summer; Yanibel Veras, Life Waits for No One; Chantareya Paredes & Alissa Riccardelli, Freedom & Twenty Something.
- Mariah Teresa Aviles, I Write Not Because I’m Happy or Because I’m Free.
“I write not because I’m happy or because I’m free (like Lauryn once said)
But because I wasn’t free until the pen was placed on my paper and forced me to release,
Release the tension in my fist.” Read more
- Kaytlin Carlo, Some Days Over the Summer.
“Some days over the summer, I would run up the same weathered stoops on the corner of Linden St. and Fairview to my Cousin Kevin’s house. My heart beat with anticipation as I rang his doorbell. His heavy feet pounded down the ancient staircase in his apartment building, each step creaking annoyingly.” Read more
- Gina DiFrisco, Columbia University Christmas.
“T’was the week before Christmas, many presents to wrap,
Kate and Gina met up at Columbia without any map.
They wandered around — Gina thought they’d get lost! —
Looking for a place to sit and write without any cost.” Read more
- Samantha Young Chan, Novus: The Radio Excerpt.
“In an entirely different galaxy, Guanyin, a once-beautiful planet known for its advanced technology and war-like tendencies, is now in complete destruction. Hopes of survival seem bleak, until one crucial event is re-discovered: every hundred years, Guanyin eclipses with another planet in their galaxy, permitting its inhabitants to travel to another planet via a portal in the sky, revealed by the eclipse.” Read more