Every Monday through Friday for the month of June, from 9am to 4pm, a group of teenagers have devoted themselves to the art of being heard. These teen authors have bought into a 12 year-old program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center called Voces. This teen summer writing intensive was facilitated by the multimedia hip hop theater collaborative Urban Verbs, under the direction of Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras and Colin Diles Hazelbaker. Throughout the month these young writers, with interest that vary from poetry to music to politics to comedy to short stories, were given the freedom and form to develop their innate writing talent. Guest presenters were brought in as experts on different styles of writing and performance, as well as visual art, choreography and communications/media training.
Earlier this month, the Voces family was treated to a visit by New Mexico Mercury’s V.B. Price. Price made the students an offer they couldn’t refuse, when he invited them so submit stories to the Mercury for consideration. The first of those submissions was vetted and deemed “fit to print!” This young author writes by the name Alexandria Brown…and is one of the two youngest students in the Voces program this year. As part of the 2013 Voces cohort tagged as “the brightest stars on the mesa,” Ms. Brown is a very bright star indeed.
You can see Alexandra Brown (under her birth name) as well as the other Voces 2013 young authors on Friday, June 28th at 7pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Admission is free! Please support youth literacy and legacy in New Mexico. Join the Facebook event and share widely. Thank you.