Friday, March 1, 2013

Brooklyn Stories !

   I performed alongside 6 of my friends/fellow #Udub poets. The Bk Stories event was a staged reading of stories the 7 of us wrote revolving around the borough and performed at the Barclays Center. This whole program was created by Lemon Andersen and Urban Word, and included a month of intensive workshops all leading up to the show.

More about Brooklyn Stories:
     Tony Award-winning writer Lemon Andersen and literary outreach program Urban Word NYC are cultivating the next generation of Brooklyn's storytellers with the inaugural presentation of BROOKLYN STORIES. In partnership with the Brooklyn Nets and MetroPCS, seven talented, young writers showcased their finely crafted narratives inspired by the eighty-one square miles of Brooklyn USA.

   The program began in October 2012. Young people under 21 were asked to submit their personal Brooklyn Story, by simply dropping it off at designated MetroPCS stores across Brooklyn. Several workshops with teaching artist were set up across the borough, over the next month, to help the entrants develop their stories for the next level.

   Twenty-five young writers earned their way to performing at the Brooklyn Public Library in a memorable semi-final showcase in December. Out of those twenty-five, seven were selected for an intensive workshop series to prepare for the Finale at Barclays Center. The finalists had the opportunity to work with award winning writer and native Brooklynite Lemon Andersen and Urban Word NYC's talented teaching staff to craft their Brooklyn Stories for a once in a lifetime performance.

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