November 1st — Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Temescal Branch Library
Meeting Room, Oakland
Speaker: Lori Noack, Executive Director
Lori Noack will discuss how AWWP provides a platform for Afghan women to share the stories of their lives. From 10 writers in 2009 to more than 220 in 2014, over 1300 poems and journalistic essays are published on awwproject.org. Lori will share highlights of AWWP’s new projects, including an oral history initiative with illiterate women, a monthly radio series, and online writing workshops in Dari. From stories about child marriage to the high-stakes 2014 election, from love poems to war diaries, Lori will read chosen highlights from AWWP’s second collection of poetry and prose to be published in late 2014 by Grayson Books. Q&A will follow. Learn how you can participate in this important project! See attached, AWWP Opportunities.
Lori Noack, Executive Director, Marketing and Development, brings to Afghan Women’s Writing Project several years of writing, editing, arts management, and nonprofit leadership experience as executive director of the Sunriver Music Festival (Oregon) and Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), editor of the Sunriver Scene; founder of Lori Noack Arts Management and of the Written Word. In 2009, she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of San Francisco.
*The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded in 2009 in defense of the human right to voice one’s story. Online writing workshops partner international writers, educators, and journalists with English-speaking women in six Afghan provinces. Poems and essays are published each week at awwproject.org. In support of this central focus, AWWP’s program also includes a women-only Internet café in Kabul, training workshops, online Dari workshops, radio broadcasts of AWWP writings in Afghanistan, laptops, Internet, and publication opportunities. AWWP believes that empowering Afghan women creates possibilities for economic independence and instills leadership abilities as in reinforces freedom of speech.
*Founder of AWWP Masha Hamilton was the winner of the 2010 WNBA Award! “Her activism reveals the depth of Masha’s commitment to the world of literacy and books beyond her own career. She is a sterling example of what the WNBA Award truly intends to honor—meritorious work in the world of books beyond her profession,” states Valerie Tomaselli, WNBA New York Chapter President
Mix and mingle after the talk, snacks provided. FREE to members and guests.
Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
(Close to BART, AC Transit, metered and free parking)
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