Writing Aloud with a few NYWC All-Stars!

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Thursday, March 12 @ 7:00 p.m. at BookCourt (163 Court Street, BK)

Created by NY Writers Coalition in 2003, the Writing Aloud Reading Series unites NYWC’s community of writers and activists with some of the nation’s most prominent literary figures to share poetry, prose, and other beautiful art forms in a single space.

This month’s installment features a sampling of NYWC’s all-star roster of workshop leaders: Victoria Cho, Deborah Clearman, Susan Fedynak, Debra Kirschner, Matt Matros, Melody Nixon, Jen Weitsen, and Avra Wing.

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Victoria Cho’s writing has appeared in The Collagist, Perigee, Quarter After Eight, and Word Riot. Her collages are currently on view at Matisa Cafe and have been shown at Bushwick Open Studios and Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, a show she co-curated at LaunchPad. Victoria is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at University of New Orleans and leads NYWC writing workshops for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Deborah Clearman is the author of the novel Todos Santos. Her short stories have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Connecticut Review, storySouth, Witness, and many other journals. Formerly Program Director of NY Writers Coalition, she has led numerous NYWC creative writing workshops for people from diverse backgrounds. Since 2011 she has led weekly writing workshops for women in jail on Rikers Island. You may visit her website at www.deborahclearman.com.

Susan Fedynak earned her BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts merit award recipient and the recipient of a World Learning Scholarship, which sent her to South Africa to study arts and culture. Her writing has appeared in Stork, Blood and Thunder, Fiction Fix, and the speculative fiction anthology A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (Two Cranes Press). She has led NY Writers Coalition workshops for LGBT elders in Queens, and currently leads a workshop for senior women at the 14th Street Y.

Debra Kirschner is a film and television writer/director, best known for writing, directing and producing the indie feature The Tollbooth. She also wrote, directed and produced the short film Changing Clothes, and the comedy pilot Frog Kissers. Most recently, Debra has created content for the web, including the series, The Happy Mommy Hustle, as well as several promotional videos. A prolific writer, she has several scripts in various stages of development. Additionally, Debra started a creative writing program for homeless adults at the Hoboken Shelter and formerly led NYWC workshops for senior women in Clinton Hill. Learn more about Debra’s work at  www.debrakirschner.com.

Matt Matros writes fiction about college, friendships, Egypt, and soccer. He also writes non-fiction about poker and whatever else he feels like. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNNMoney.com, UCSB’s Spectrum, and CardPlayer magazine. Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife Ivy.

Melody Nixon is a New Zealand-born writer living in Harlem. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Cura Magazine, VIDA Web, Midnight Breakfast, No, Dear Magazine, Hoax Publications,  and The Appendix, among others. She is the Interviews Editor of The Common, Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Apogee Journal, and co-curator of the First Person Plural Reading Series.

Jen Weitsen is a writer, content strategist and web consultant. Prior to this, she worked for New York University and chased breaking news stories for the CBS Evening News. Jen’s passion for writing started at age 8 after reading Judy Blume, and she is currently working on her first novel. Jen is a graduate of the University of Delaware, has studied film and television writing at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has attended creative writing programs in Florence, Italy, New Orleans, and New York City. Since 2010, Jen has volunteered for NY Writers Coalition, leading creative writing workshops for youth in Fort Greene and Bay Ridge and for seniors at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill.

Avra Wing is the author of the young adult novel After Isaac, praised by Publishers Weekly as “an emotionally complex story of life, love, grief, and recovery.” Her first novel, Angie, I Says, was made into the movie Angie. Avra’s poetry collection, Recurring Dream, won the 2011 Pecan Grove Press chapbook competition, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals. She leads two workshops for the NY Writers Coalition and is a mentor for Girls Write Now.