Archives for October 2012

NYWC Ten Under 10: “Ears Everywhere” by Amaraa F. Harris, Age 8

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10.  Ears Everywhere by Amaraa F. Harris, Age 8  My dad’s ears are like eggs that’s alive. My mommy’s ears are as beautiful as a tree blowing in the winter. My grandma’s ears […]

Friday 5: Best Subway Stations for Impromptu Street Performances

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Joelle Blackstock, a NYC Civic Corps volunteer currently serving the NY Writer’s Coalition. She is from Hollis, Queens, and has a BA in Film & African American Studies and a MA in Africana Studies. Her Master’s thesis, “The Scourged Back of Hip Hop: the Commodification of the Wounded Black Body,” explores how the […]

Minstrelsy, Appropriation, and Halloween

Today’s blog post is written by Lauren Hudson, a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College where she concentrated in studio art and political geography. She is currently a NYC Civic Corps Member serving at the NY Writers Coalition and a studio monitor at the Gowanus Print Lab. She lives in Brooklyn. Minstrelsy is long regarded as […]

indigenous peoples day

Recently, many people celebrated Columbus Day, a banking, post office, and school holiday to commemorate the “discovery” of the Americas. However, this has caused consternation on the part of people who were already here when Columbus arrived, mainly indigenous people or Native Americans. Within the history of colonization, there are many stories and examples of […]

10 Days of NYWC: 10 Fun Facts to help you Write Aloud

Today’s Shoptalk comes from Joelle Blackstock, a NYC Civic Corps volunteer currently serving the NY Writer’s Coalition.  Get ready… Drumroll please… 10 Days of NYWC, the tenth anniversary celebration of NYWC featuring free readings, writing workshops, online publications, and community events, is kicking off on October 22 with an opening reception followed by the Writing Aloud Reading Series […]

Queer Writing Group: Write with In The Flesh Magazine!

Today’s news comes from Lauren Hudson, a  NYC Civic Corps Member serving at the NY Writers Coalition and as a studio monitor at the Gowanus Print Lab.  Narrator contributor Alexis Clements and In The Flesh Magazine, an emerging literary magazine, are convening a new writing group inspired by the Queer Art Mentorship and  Sarah Schulman’s Satellite […]

Something Wilde

Remembered and celebrated for his comic play The Importance of Being Earnest, his gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his brilliant epigrams (“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you”; “A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one […]

Friday 5: Second Time Around with All Black Casts

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Joelle Blackstock, a NYC Civic Corps volunteer currently serving the NY Writer’s Coalition. She is from Hollis, Queens, and has a BA in Film & African American Studies and a MA in Africana Studies. Her Master’s thesis, “The Scourged Back of Hip Hop: the Commodification of the Wounded Black Body,” explores how […]

Airing the Dirty Laundry: Gillard’s Speech Reveals Misogyny in the Australian Parliament

Today’s blog post is written by Lauren Hudson, a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College where she concentrated in studio art and political geography. She is currently a NYC Civic Corps Member serving at the NY Writers Coalition and a studio monitor at the Gowanus Print Lab. She lives in Brooklyn. Australian Prime Minister Julia […]

‘My coming out story was a combination of the benign and the joyous.’

Poet and NYWC workshop leader Geer Austin has led writing groups for LGBT homeless youth at New Alternatives, Sylvia’s Place, and the Times Square-supported housing project. On National Coming Out Day, he shares his coming out story with The Narrator — and a little advice for the other 364 days of the year. Editors and publishers think coming out […]