Mentee emcees Lucia Kim and Kilhah St Fort led us through a beautiful third episode of the Girls Write Now Live: Unmuted performance series on Friday, April 9! Fiction and reality fused for an evening full of original work that meets the moment we’re in with empathy, creativity and unbounded hope.
We were also thrilled to talk craft, community and the courage it takes to unmute yourself with Agent of Change honoree Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of Libertie (Algonquin) and Girls Write Now mentor alum! Above, you can watch the full show.
Watch the Pre-Show Q&A
What People Are Saying
“I think the performances every year are stunning, but this show really blew me away! The sophistication of the work and the fact that many mentees said they tried out new genres was inspiring.” –Tracy Miller
“I loved hearing all of the different genres! It was such a fun, beautiful experience!” –Anonymous Mentee
“In our chat, someone wrote ‘The cure to writer’s block is Girls Write Now,’ and I honestly couldn’t agree more.” –Kelly Moffitt
“These pieces are brilliant and thoughtful and thought-provoking!” –Nevin Mays
Meet the Emcees & Honoree
Lucia Kim is a young author of poetry, memoirs and nonfiction for her family, teachers and mentor. She hopes to grow her reader base while spreading smiles through her writing. Lucia was born and raised in Queens, NY, where she lives with her mom, dad, sister and an abundance of leafy plants. When she’s not writing at her kitchen table, Lucia loves to take walks, play the piano and read.
Kilhah St Fort is an outspoken girl, who can often be found listening to either Broadway musicals or lo-fi beats. One of her favorite pastimes is binge-watching cartoons. Kilhah documents her world and the world around her through poetry while creating new ones through prose. She’s passionate about a bunch of things but most importantly, advocating for the representation of underrepresented communities in spaces they are historically forgotten about.
Kaitlyn Greenidge‘s debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, was one of the New York Times Critics’ Top 10 Books of 2016 and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times, and her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Greenidge lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is also a Girls Write Now mentor alum. You can purchase her new book, Libertie, from our partner Books Are Magic.
Meet the Performers
Anna Vavagiakis & Rachel Cantrell
Ashley Quiah & Katie Zaborsky
Britney Phan & Lindsay Zoladz
Florencia Micaela Pinto & Madeline McSherry
Francis Gutierrez & Ashna Shah
Gabriella Calabia & Kiki Tom
Jazmine Florencio & Mary Darby
Jessica Jiang & Kelly Moffitt
Kilhah St Fort & Amber Loveless
Liliana Greyf & Annie Bryan
Maxine Babb & Agnes Bannigan
Myra Michel & Reniqua Allen-Lamphere
Obenewa Adu & Tracy Miller
Princesa Santos & Camille Bond
Rachel Kelly & Lauren Kiel
Ruth Lee & Morgan Davies
Shreya Pandit & Lane Florsheim
Srihitha Pallapothula & Yvette Jackson Clark