"I created Writing Our Lives in 2009, because I wanted to help people who looked like me and came from where I came from, write their stories. I created the class because I believe our stories matter and it's up to us to write them. I launched the class in 2010 and have worked with hundreds of writers since.
I also wanted to help writers get published, and our recent partnership with Tin House is helping make that happen.
This is the first reading of the Writing Our Lives Workshop. With the year we've had, I knew it was time.
What will the event entail: Alum of the Writing Our Lives Workshop will read short, engaging pieces about their lives & loves.
Rhonda Rae, a visual artist and WOL alumna, will also be doing a live painting during the show.
Andres Chuli Rodriguez
Angelique Imani Rodriguez
Nia Ita Nicole
Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez
Yollotl Lopez, whose flash essay "Hair Like a Cactus Needle" was published on Tin House as part of the partnership
Hosted by: Vanessa Mártir
The event will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. Please come share love, hear stories and celebrate all the audacity it takes to write and share our stories. Dalé!
Note: The event is FREE but we will be asking for donations for Word Up Bookstore, the volunteer run bookstore where the event is taking place. Thanks Fam! "
Vanessa Mártir is a NYC based writer, educator and writing coach. She is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey at vanessamartir.blog. A five-time VONA/Voices and two-time Tin House fellow, Vanessa’s work has been widely published, including in The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, the VONA/Voices Anthology, Dismantle, and the NYTimes Bestseller Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay. Vanessa is creator of the Writing Our Lives Workshop, which she teaches in NYC and online. She has served as guest editor of Aster(ix) and The James Franco Review. When she's not writing or teaching, you can find Vanessa either on a dance floor, in a gym punching a bag or in the woods hugging a tree and talking to birds."