News from the NYWC Community

Organizational News:

August 21 marked the 6th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. Hundreds gathered on what turned out to be the last nice afternoon before days of downpour to hear Kwame Dawes, Willie Perdomo, Gregory Pardlo, Patricia Smith, Carl Hancock Rux and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor read alongside young writers from our summer writing workshops in Fort Greene Park. The workshops and the Festival were both covered by The New York Times blog. Check out writing and video from the Times blog, and pictures by Melanie Votaw and Mosiac Literary Magazine from the Festival.

NYWC’s online literary journal, Dig Deep, released Issue V: Summer 2010 in July. It features fourteen pieces from eight NYWC workshops, including The 14th Street Y, Bayview Correctional Institute,  Brooklyn Public Library Bedstuy Branch, Brooklyn Public Library Sunset Park Branch, CIDNY, The Creative Center, Imani House, and Prime Time workshops. You can read Dig Deep, Issue V and archived issues, here.

Workshop Leaders in the Limelight:

Charles Austin has three poems in Ganymede Unfinished, an anthology dedicated to the memory of John Stahl, the editor of Ganymede magazine. The anthology was released on 8/17/2010 by Sibling Rivalry Press. He also has one poem in the July/August issue on this zine, an online journal.

Tamiko Beyer had two poems published in Lantern Review, two poems in Poets for Living Waters, a poem and interview in the Collagist, and a poem in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman.

Barbara Cassidy will start a residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace in September to work on her new play, Anthropology of a Book Club.

Scenes from Judy Chicurel’s play/screenplay, A Better Place, will be included in the International Center for Women Playwrights’ Diversity Scenes Anthology.

Clarissa Cummings recently won first place in the H.O.W. Journal literary journal contest, judged by Susan Minot.

Community News:

Friend of NYWC Iris Lee recently had a book of poetry published by NYQBooks.  You can visit her website for more information.

Dance/Theater Production Blood Dazzler, based on the National Book Award Finalist book by NYWC friend Patricia Smith,will debut September 23 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. For tickets or more information, click here.