more love to ACENTOS–oscar bermeo interviews sam ‘fish’ vargas here. i love reading fish, rich, & oscar talk about ACENTOS–so inspiring.
more love to KUNDIMAN as they teamed up with ALICE JAMES BOOKS to establish the KUNDIMAN POETRY PRIZE for Asian American writers. details here.
finally, check out KORE PRESS’ THE GRRLS LITERARY ACTIVISM PROJECT. ANOTHER FOR-FREE WORKSHOP! this one is based in Tucson, AZ and services teenage girls.
Who we are: GRRLS are young women or female-identified or trans individuals ages 14-19. We explore issues, find our voice, write, read out loud, take photographs, and present our words and ideas to the public.
Our writing, our art, our voices matter.
We are part of the community, we are social activists.
The GRRLS statement: In the spirit of fostering a new generation of diverse, confident, independted-minded and creative artists/citizens/leaders, the Grrls Literary Activism Workshops empower young women with the skills necessary to express themselves on social issues that matter most to them and become potent agents of change.
There is a commonly held assumption that women are given equal treatment because of the great strides made by social change movements of the last few decades, but somehow women are still rewarded for silence. We are changing that one Grrrl at a time.
The Grrls Workshops: Click here for our guidelines and goals.
I love this section of their description:
The Kore Press Grrls Literary Activism Project
In collaboration with City High School and the Volunteer Center
Literary activism, as defined by us:
The use of written or spoken language for public expression on a social or political issue
Step One: The Writing
Each week after school, a group of girls and young women ages 14 to 18 gather to discuss the work of women writers. Through these writings and through conversation among themselves, these young women identify and become informed about issues important to their lives. They then explore their own views on these issues by writing original poetry and prose; and finally they bring their ideas and perspectives into the public sphere.
Adult facilitators select works of literature and topics to discuss; facilitate conversations; teach creative writing fundamentals; listen carefully; and offer guidance to individual participants as they look at which issues and strategies to adopt. Adults do not lecture participants on literature and/or social change issues; direct conversation toward a particular social agenda; or exert pressure to choose one publication or activism strategy over another.
Step Two: The Activism
The activism component of the project is inspired by foremothers such as the Guerilla Girls, the New York City-based band of artists whose creative street activism inspired a shift in the way women artists are represented in museums and the media. Participants have produced ‘zines, created broadsides, printed poetry on door knob hangers, ironed their words onto t-shirts, made poetry “fortune-tellers,” put their words and opinions on blogs, read out loud, and decorated a sanitary products machine full of tampons wrapped in poetry.
The very nature of literary activism is to affect the individual who experiences the author’s perspective. That the author, in this case, is a young woman insisting that her voice be given equal air time, print space or aural opportunity brings another level of importance and power to the act of publication.
All young women ages 14 to 18 are eligible to participate. For more information, to make a tax credit donation, or to enroll or sponsor your favorite grrl, contact Brooke Willock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 327-2127.