On May 17th, in celebration of the 826NYC Writers’ Room, our first Manhattan outpost, we partnered with Ghostly and Warby Parker for Super Kids, Serious Authors, an evening of 826NYC students’ writing read by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Lev Grossman, Maura Tierney, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Chip Kidd.
Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of the recently released novel We Love you Charlie Freeman, kicked off the reading with the powerful poem Protest of a Young Man, written by C.J. S., age 14, during our After-School Writing & Tutoring program. Next was acclaimed author Lev Grossman who read a scary story and the following haiku, The Eye of the Storm, written by Aaron Y., age 8, during our City Haiku workshop.
the salty seas
the tempest crackles
Graphic designer Chip Kidd then read two works, including a short and funny piece that imagines spending a day with Donald Trump. J. Courtney Sullivan followed with a poem about the virtues of reading by one of our After-School Tutoring and Writing students and a personal essay by a student from our most recent Young Authors Book Project at the High School of Fashion Industries. The reading was concluded by Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney, who read an excerpt from an essay written during our Sports Journalism workshop in Brownsville and the following poem, Stapler, written by Ivan W., age 11, during After-School Writing and Tutoring in Park Slope:
A stapler can
because it can be
give it to–
Photo Credit: Charlotte Dupré
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