Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tonight May 18: Young Hatians writer read thier work in Somerville

Read about this in the Globe this morning and it sounds great.

The Somerville Arts Council and The Mystic Learning Center

Council and The Mystic Learning CenterMystic Ink Tour schedule:

present a Books of Hope event:

The Mystic Ink Tour

Haitian Youth Bring Their Voices of Hope on the Road

Somerville, MA—May 13 – July 17, 2010

About the Tour:

Haitian-American youth living in Somerville’s Mystic Housing Projects have

set off on a 10-stop book tour, called the Mystic Ink Tour, to bring their

stories to communities across New England. The DIY tour is taking the teens

out of their economically-challenged neighborhood and bringing them to some

of the most celebrated spoken word venues and bookstores in the region.

Ranging in age from 15-21, the youth have just released several full-length

books of poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama through the Books of

Hope program. The books resulted from their participation in creative writing

workshops led by local writers and educators that led the youth to publishing

their own books. On the tour, youth deliver rapid-fire poetry and sell signed

copies of their books

Tour dates began with a Book Release Party on May 13, and will continue

through July, bringing the youth as far away as Maine and New York City. It

will be the first time many of the teens have traveled outside Greater Boston.

Mystic Ink Tour schedule:

Thursday, May 13, 6PM: Book Release Party, Somerville Library, Somerville, MA

Thursday, May 20, 7PM: Haley House Bakery Cafe, Roxbury, MA

Friday, May 21, 8PM: More Than Words Bookstore, Waltham, MA

Tuesday, June 08, 8PM: Got Poetry Live, Providence, RI

Friday, June 11, 7PM: Slam Free or Die, Manchester, NH

Saturday, June 19, 6PM: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Monday, June 21, 8PM: Stone Soup Poetry, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday June 29, 7PM: Port Veritas, Portland, ME

Friday, July 16, opening act: Art Beat Festival, Somerville, MA

Saturday, July 17, 11AM-6PM: Harlem Book Fair, Harlem, NY
About Books of Hope:

Books of Hope has been bringing the power of literacy to urban and immigrant youth in

Somerville since 1999. Through the program, teens learn not only how to write books but

how to publish, market, sell, and distribute them. They acquire business skills and are

encouraged to be social entrepreneurs. Currently directed by writer and educator Soul
Brown, it has produced over 125 books written by youth, ages 13-21. A collaboration of the
Mystic Learning Center and the Somerville Arts Council, its mission is to develop the next

generation of authors. BOH receives support from the Amelia Peabody Foundation, Dreuding

Foundation, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Somerville Health Foundation, Somerville Housing

Authority, and Youth Reach, a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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