At our May 2015 CHAPTERS reading, special guest speaker Roxane Gay, award-winning author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, joined the stage with our talented teen writers at Scholastic.
In Our Words
See what mentee Rachel Chanderlatt had to say about her CHAPTERS experience this May.
Girls Write Now Readers
Corrine Civil & Robin Marantz Henig, Two Moments; Chanelle Agnew, My Conflict; Elshaima Omran, Pain; Arnell Calderon, Colonia: Se Me Olvido Hablar Espanol; Jade Rodriguez, Shirley Temple, & Linda Corman, Companion Piece; Genesis Severino, All That Changes; Kiara Joseph, Another Piece, Another Poem; Sasha Parrish, Pessimism; Jennifer Lee, Untitled; Mennen Gordon, the incredibly depressing life cycle of a Rock at the beach; Romaissaa Benzizoune, Run Rabbit Run; Jada Fitzpatrick & Linda Kleinbub, Garden of Peace; Rachel Chanderdatt, Limbo; Libranece Ayala, My Mother’s Wishes; Ashe Nervil, Boxed Up; Charlene Vasquez & Caitlin Rimshnick, Coffee Shop; Muhua Li & Alanna Schubach, The Climb; Luna Rojas, Boy; Marquisele Mercedes, Life In Odd Numbers; Shirleyka Hector & Shara Zaval, Dream’s Guardian
- NAJAYA ROYAL is an 18-year-old poet with works in 11 anthologies and chapbooks. She has two poems set to opera music and co-wrote “Ode to Malala,” Girls Write Now’s music video. Najaya has performed at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, and the 35th City Council District Swearing In Ceremony for Laurie Angela Cumbo. Najaya was awarded the 2013-2014 Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship. She has been a Girls Write Now mentee for four years. In the fall, she will study Music Industry at the University of New Haven, where she received a scholarship.
- ANUJA MADAR was born in upstate New York and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent summers devouring books and writing stories in the awesome window seat of her all-pink bedroom. She moved to New York City nearly 11 years ago to get her master’s in magazine journalism at New York University, and has worked as an editor and writer for magazinesand books. She’s currently a content strategist for Marriott,and spends her free time taking photos, solo international trips, and way-too-long walks around the city. This is her eighth year with Girls Write Now.
Guest speaker talk
Guest speaker interview
Emcees Najaya and Anuja
At the May reading, emcees Najaya and Anuja perform their work.