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!
To attend as a guest, register for the Zoom webinar: CLICK HERE
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 alishaacquaye.com and read her essays in Teen Vogue, GQ, Allure, OkayAfrica, ELLE, The Establishment, Catapult, and more.
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.