Mecca Woods

Born and raised in the South Bronx section of New York City,
Mecca Woods knew she wanted to become a writer at a very young age. Born an avid reader and blessed with the super ability to string words together like ‘at’ and ‘the’, Mecca took to the pen with much ardor and promise. At the age of 6, she first began entertaining friends and family with the occasional haiku and sonnet before moving on to the craft of the short story. Many years later, while studying Creative Writing at Hunter College in the heart of the Big Apple, Mecca would go on to win the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry …

David Samuel Levinson

David Samuel Levinson is the author of the forthcoming novel, Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence (Algonquin Books, 2010), as well as the story collection, Most Of Us Are Here Against Our Will (Viking UK, April 2005). He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist (The Brooklyn Review; “Blue Is Just A Color”); has won an award for his fiction in The Atlantic Monthly; was a Chapter One winner—a prize offered by the Bronx Writers’ Center—and a top finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Society Competition. He received the New York Times Residency for a Writer Fellowship from the Corporation of Yaddo, as well as fellowships from Ledig House, Pouch …

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis, co-founded The Dark Room Collective (in Cambridge, Massachusetts); and received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of The Maverick Room (2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation Mr. Ellis is a contributing writer to Waxpoetics, Poets & Writers and the Poetry Editor at www.theRoot.com. He is also an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley …

Santee Frazier

Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is currently pursuing an MFA at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including: The Truman Capote Scholarship and a Syracuse University Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, and various literary journals. His first collection of poems Dark Thirty was released by the University of Arizona Press in the spring of 2009.

NYC | May 17, 2009

We’re mixing in more poetry this month! Just can’t get enough of it, and we guarantee the work of these poets and writers will spin your head and make your heart soar. Join us. You’ll be glad you did.

santeeSantee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is currently pursuing an MFA at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including: The Truman Capote Scholarship and a Syracuse University Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, and various literary journals. …

Nairobi | April 19, 2009

Kwani Trust is inviting you to Sunday Salon on Sunday 19th April 2009 7pm at Kengeles Lavington, Lavington Green for a special evening of readings from Jambula Tree and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing, 8th Annual Collection, published 2008.

Titled after the short story by the 8th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, the Jambula Tree anthology contains the latest in African writing with a selection of stories from across the continent. The book includes 18 short stories– the winner and shortlist (5 stories) plus 12 stories written at the Caine Prize writers workshop held in April 2008 in South Africa. …

Daraja Academy in Kenya

Daraja Academy is the first free all-girls secondary school in all of East Africa. In late Feburary 2009, 26 girls from Kenya were given a chance for a secondary education which would otherwise not be possible, given their current economic situation.

The mission of the Daraja Academy is to cultivate a community of individuals with a sense of cultural awareness, social conscience, and environmental responsibility, all while instilling talents that will enable them to open doors to a global society. You can support the school and its mission. Just check out the website at: daraja-academy.org.

Educator and writer Jabiz Raisdana, whose compelling story Five Minutes is published on …

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the author of two books of fiction, Instant Love and The Kept Man. She has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, Jane, Print, New York, Nylon, Nerve and others. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, and has an essay forthcoming in Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts. A third book, The Melting Season, will be published by Riverhead Books in the future.

Crystal Belle

Crystal Belle was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a high school English teacher in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. Belle is an activist and idealist who has been writing poetry since the age of 10. She loves performance poetry and has an audio CD titled Size Me, featuring ten poems. As a graduate of Middlebury College, her work has been featured in several on-campus journals such as Skin Deep Magazine, The Campus Newspaper and a few online blogs. Her essay titled Hope Through Fire will be published in the upcoming anthology Souls of My Young Women. You can find her work at www.crystalbellepoet.blogspot.com.

Josip Novakovich

Josip Novakovich, professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State and new professor of English and Creative writing at Concordia, was born in Croatia. He has published four books of fiction, including April Fool’s Day and Infidelities (Harper), two of nonfiction, and two of practical criticism, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He has won many awards, including the Whiting Writer’s award, Ingram Merrill, and the Margolis prize.

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