Join us for a reading and signing for the book Watch Us Rise, co-written by the incredible award-winning author Renée Watson and amazing Washington Heights-based poet/educator/parent Ellen Hagan.
**Fun fact: The book features a Word Up Teen Open Mic!!**
ABOUT WATCH US RISE:
Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission—they're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.
These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Renée Watson is a New York Times–bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children's picture books and novels for teens—which include Some Places More Than Others, Betty Before X, Harlem's Little Blackbird, and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen—have received several awards and international recognition. In the summer of 2016, Renée launched I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She launched the #LangstonsLegacy Campaign to raise funds to lease the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created during the last twenty years of his life. Her hope is to preserve the legacy of Langston Hughes and build on it by providing programming for emerging writers. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City.
Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, educator, author of two poetry collections—Crowned and Hemisphere—and co-author of Watch Us Rise, a YA collaboration with Renée Watson from Bloomsbury. She is the recipient of the 2013 NoMAA Creative Arts Grant and received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. Ellen is the Director of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University. A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Women, and is co-founder of the girlstory collective. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.
This Seven Stories Institute/Word Up Community Bookshop program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
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