Transit Forward: Public transportation is a civil right.

Today’s post comes from NYWC volunteer Michele Gilliam, a community organizer, blogger and playwright who currently works at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 in the Political Action Department. Michele also is a co-founder of the Act Now Vote Campaign, a coalition of activists and artists from Southeast Queens that strives to civically engage minority […]

Sponsor a Young Writer in NYWC’s Summer Writing Program

Each year 40 young people participate in NY Writers Coalition’s six-week series of free outdoor creative writing workshops and in an end-of-summer reading, the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. Lit Fest presents well-known, established writers reading alongside the young writers from the workshops. NYWC’s summer writing program for youth honors the power of the written word […]

NYWC Web Premiere: Voices of NY Writers Coalition

NY Writers Coalition has helped unheard voices be heard for over ten years now by way of our city-wide workshops, reading events, and NY Writers Coalition Press publications. This year, we’re happy to dip our toes into another golden pond with our first film, Voices of NY Writers Coalition. Here, a few of NYWC’s dedicated workshop leaders […]

NYWC hART beat: A look at the poets and writers of our community

In case you missed the memo, April is National Poetry Month, and as of this twenty-fourth day, poets and writers around the world are in the home stretch of their Poem-a-Day challenges. In New York City we’ve seen another Poetweet contest come and go, and just last week, NYWC Volunteer Corps members shared some awesome haikus […]

Narrator Film Review: One the Road + One Kerouac Haiku

The Narrator’s resident film buff, Ann Lewinson, brings us a review of On the Road, the latest cinematic take on Jack Kerouac’s ultimate road writings. But in the spirit of National Poetry Month, we also wanted to drop a little-known Kerouac haiku on you. So, everyone knows Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road. But did you know […]

“The Hotbed of Imminent Danger”: Sri Lankan Writer Sonali Samarasinghe

After the death of her husband, writer Sonali Samarasinghe has worked to change the climate of free speech in Sri Lanka from miles away. Sampsonia Way writer Rachel Webber brings her story to The Narrator. Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe has been hooked on investigative reporting ever since she experienced the frustration of working as a human […]

Narrator Film Review: Tina Fey in ‘Admission’

This week is spring break for New York City Public Schools.  In a half-hearted wish that the city’s teens are using this time to wrap up those pesky college applications, The Narrator’s Ann Lewinson brings you a review of Tina Fey’s recent release: Admission. Ann reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star, and other publications and is a member […]

Narrator Film Review: Michel Gondry’s The We and the I

Today’s film review comes from Ann Lewinson, who reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star, and other publications and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Boston Society of Film Critics. She  also leads a NYWC workshop  for youth at The Door. Five years ago I wandered into Deitch Projects in Soho to check […]

85th Academy Awards: The Narrator’s Oscar Picks (And some wishful thinking)

We couldn’t wrap up Oscar Week on The Narrator without throwing our two-cents in the ring for who we think will win (or should win) big at tomorrow’s 85th Academy Awards show — all with a little help from our resident expert, writer and film critic Ann Lewinson.  Ann reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star, and […]

Best Original & Adapted Screenplays: And the Oscar doesn’t go to…

Ann Lewinson reviews films for the Boston Phoenix, The Kansas City Star and other newspapers and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Boston Society of Film Critics. Ann is also a NYWC workshop leader and has led workshops for the formerly homeless, young adults with autism, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and other disabilities. […]