A Year-End Message from NYWC

A Message From Aaron Zimmerman, Founder & Executive Director of NYWC

The poem on the right side of your screen is one of our favorites of this past year and an especially important one given our current political and social climate. The poem becomes all the more impressive the moment you realize it was written by a fifteen-year-old girl, a participant at our after-school workshop at the Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill.

In a way, this poem is a powerful metaphor for the work we do here. Like many of our participants, Eghosa is all too aware of “all odds stacked against her.”Nevertheless, through accessing her inherent creativity, she’s both getting in touch with her inner strength (her hair no longer merely sits on her head, it now “defies gravity”) but also having that strength affirmed by being a part of a supportive, long-term community.

Eghosa is just one of the more than 1,300 people per year attending NYWC’s free creative writing programs, which primarily serve people not heard from often enough in the world. This includes young people, women and girls, LGBTQ people, elders, people with disabilities and major illness, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, people in recovery, and many others. Through our free workshops, public events, and publications, we provide a source of stability, creativity, and understanding and create a powerful platform for those who may seem “treated like dust” to raise their voices and change perceptions.

We need your help in order to keep our working thriving, so we can encourage even more writers like Eghosa. In the coming year, with your support, we will be able to provide more than 1,200 workshop sessions in more than 40 locations around the city. We will continue to expand our presence in every borough, and launch more new workshops open to anyone who needs a space to write and be heard. We can do this, and much more, with a budget of less than $400,000. So when you make a year-end tax-deductible donation to NYWC, you can be assured that your donation will never go to waste.

You can make a donation by clicking on any of the buttons to the right of or below this message.

Thank you again for being part of our community.


Aaron Zimmerman
Founder and Executive Director

Black Girl Magic

by Egosha Idahor

The sun is in love with her dark skin
She glows like a beaming light
Radiant, she casts down a glowing shadow
On everything that she touches
Her hair is magic
It defies gravity
It does what it wants, unapologetic
She marches through the storm
All odds stacked against her
She whispers her name
And the world shakes
But still she is treated like dust


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Our Programs

Criminal Justice Program

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Health & Wellness Program

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Homeless & Formerly Homeless Writers Program

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LGBTQ Writers Program

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Women & Girls Program

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Youth Writers Program

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Giving Levels


Dickinson Level Contributor: $50 – $250 

  • Covers the cost of supplies at one of our workshop sites. 

Baldwin Level Supporter: $250 – $1,000 

Woolf Level Donor: $1,000 – $5,000 

  • Supports about 20 sessions at one of our workshop sites. 

Shakespeare Level Patron: $10,000 & Up

  • Sponsors an entire workshop site for one year. 
  • Supports our bi-yearly workshop facilitator trainings


And remember you can always mail a check, if you prefer, to:
NY Writers Coalition
80 Hanson Place #604
Brooklyn, NY 11217