Virtual Mic Check: The Words Between Us

NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) is hosting a special virtual open mic night featuring the participants of our The Words Between Us writing series on Wednesday, May 27th, starting at 7pm EDT. It will be hosted by our workshop leaders, Alisha Acquaye & Takiyah Kai Jackson.

In the spirit of our mission, we’re giving our workshop attendees and leaders the opportunity to share the writing they’ve created in this writing series with the entire NYWC community—and the public!


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Our first round of The Words Between Us was a 5 week series, with 4 groups that met each week. The participants wrote to a different theme revolving around Black womanhood, and received readings from Black womxn writers. The readings were meant to inspire, entertain and ignite their imaginations. For this Mic Check event, participants and leaders will have the chance to share what they’ve written with the public. Each person will read for a max of three minutes.
NY Writers Coalition work amplifies the voices of historically unheard and under-resourced individuals in our society; we welcome people of all backgrounds into our free virtual creative writing workshops. No writing experience is necessary, and writers of all levels of experience are welcome. In each workshop, participants write a piece in response to optional prompts provided by the workshop leader. NYWC’s workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method developed by Pat Schneider and are led by an experienced, trained workshop leader.

Alisha Acquaye is a writer, artist and event organizer with a passion for mutual empowerment across POC communities, and self-imagination as an instrument for resistance. Her work—ranging from journalism, creative nonfiction and multi-media collaboration—explores the relationships between art, identity, culture and intersectionality. Alisha is particularly inspired by the creative and afrofuturistic methods Black people use to reclaim their narratives, and self-care and community building as formative weapons against oppression.

In addition to documenting and storytelling, Alisha co-founded Sister Circle Brunch, a womxn of color event for sharing food and discussing self-care, and Unblended, a photo and interview series that celebrates the importance of Afro Asian friendships. You can find Alisha at and read her essays in Teen Vogue, GQ, Allure, OkayAfrica, ELLE, The Establishment, Catapult, and more.

Takiyah Kai Jackson Takiyah Kai Jackson is a woman with a lot on her mind and even more to say. These characteristics  naturally make her a writer and storyteller—which she believes is a skill we all can possess. She is a former classroom teacher and current Instructional Coach and Staff Developer.

Takiyah is the founder of Literacy Seeds, a platform created to support Black caregivers with reclaiming our power to educate our children at home and to advocate for them at school. Takiyah believes in honoring the ancestors, and is grateful each time she learns something new about ancient African religion and spirituality. You can find her praying for her seventeen-year-old son, cleaning up after her dog, loving herself, and eating way too much kale.

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