online event; open to mentors, mentees, and program alumni across all programs
We’re kicking off our program year by exploring the potential for poetry to act as a tool for social justice and activism in the context of true crime, writing with intention to honor the victims. Cynthia Pelayo’s Bram Stoker and Elgin Award nominated collection of poems, Into the Forest and All the Way Through, which explores the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the United States, serves as a guide for participants in creating their own poems to move and activate readers. Come explore how poetic devices can support your emotion and imagination in service to a greater good. CW/TW: violence against women-identifying individuals
Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® nominated poet and author. She is the author of Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Missing, and Poems of My Night, all of which have been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. Poems of My Night was also nominated for an Elgin Award. Her recent collection of poetry, Into The Forest and All The Way Through explores true crime, that of the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the United States, and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and Elgin Award. Her modern day horror retelling of the Pied Piper fairy tale, Children of Chicago was released by Agora / Polis Books in 2021. Cina was raised in inner city Chicago, where she still lives.
all mentees, all mentors and program alum