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N.O.-based Black writers group to celebrate two-year milestone

30th May 2012   ·   0 Comments

A New Orleans-based minority writers group is hosting a series of public readings this summer in celebration of its two-year anniversary. The group, MelaNated Writers Collective, plans to begin its summer reading series Friday, June 1, at the New Orleans Museum of Art as part of the museum’s Where Y’Art? program.

Members of the collective will take the stage to present original works of literature from all genres from fiction to screenwriting and memoir to poetry.

According to a press release circulated by the group, the collective was established in July 2010 as a “safe place for writers of color to hone their craft in a nurturing environment among their peers.” The release also states that the collective includes writers from a variety of cities such as San Francisco, Memphis, Cleveland and London who now reside in New Orleans.

A schedule of events follows:
• Friday, June 1. at 7 p.m. New Orleans Museum of Art as part of Where Y’Art?, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park. Admission: Museum Entry. Hosted by Kalamu ya Salaam, founder of the NOMOO Literary Society.
• Saturday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Cafe Tremé, 1501 Saint Philip St. Admission: Free. Hosted by Dr. Mona Saloy, Dillard University professor and author of Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems.
• Thursday, August 2, at 7 p.m. JuJu Bag, 5363 Franklin Ave. Admission: Free. Hosted by Dr. Felipe Smith, member of Congo Square Writers.
For more information on the group or to view the schedule of events, visit www.melanola.com.◊

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