Girls Write Now
Poet-Linc featuring Girls Write Now (Manhattan)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Join us for this vibrant battle of words celebrating talented young artists from the five boroughs performing their original poetry to the theme “I have a voice.” For five Wednesdays, the Atrium will be jam-packed with readings by professional guest poets and three rounds of competitions that will be judged by appointed members of the audience and three official judges. All of this will lead to an exhilarating Grand Slam performance at the Target Free Thursday on December 13 to determine the first ever Lincoln Center Poet-Linc Grand Slam Champion.
Girls Write Now (GWN) is the first organization in the United States, and the only one on the East coast, to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girl programming. Since 1998, they have given more than 3,500 at-risk girls from New York City’s public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community. Their rigorous selection process, respect for each relationship’s singularity, and integrated supports have led to rich, revelatory mentee writing across a variety of genres and to a signal set of accomplishments. They have seen over 90% retention rates within the year, and return rates for nonseniors of 80%. While half of New York City’s youth fail to complete high school, 100% of GWN’s seniors graduate and move on to college—bringing with them awards, scholarships, a new sense of confidence and new skills. Last April, their mentee class was awarded 27 Gold and Silver Keys from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and three National Gold Medals. Girls Write Now has been featured in the New York Times and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and distinguished by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation.