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Voces Teen Short Story Author is Published in New Mexico Mercury

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.

View Alexandria Brown’s Finger on My Gun to My Dear Juliet http://newmexicomercury.com/blog/comments/youth_voces_on_display_this_friday


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June 28, 2013 · 1:31 am

Voces on TV!

Voces 2013 participants Simon, Tatyana and Serafina go LIVE on television Wednesday morning with The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens & Erin Muffoletto on Comcast Cable Channel 26. They talk about the month and the End of Program Performance coming up on Friday, June 28th 7pm @ the National Hispanic Cultural Center! FREE SHOW!

See the first segment here, and then watch the second half of the segment (that features Serafina reading a poem) here: http://youtu.be/mzhBg8KdOlg

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June 27, 2013 · 12:06 am

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Santa Fe Poet Laureate Emeritus Valerie Martinez & Dr. Shelle Sanchez



Ekphrasis (also spelled “echprasis”) is a direct transcription from the Greek ek, “out of,” and phrasis, “speech” or “expression.” Ekphrastic writing is poetry/prose that comments upon another art form, e.g., a poem about a photograph or a novel about a film.


Thank you Val and Shelle for giving our students the experience of a lifetime.

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Process = Product

Yesterday, we were graced with the presence of the 2013 ABQ Slam Team. We, Urban Verbs, are hosting the 2013 Voces Writing Institute at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, for the month of June. We have just over a dozen teen writers who are exploring: poetry, short story writing, journalism, strategic communication, and performance.
Yesterday, some masters of the microphone: ABQ’s 2013 Slam Team, stepped through the doors and performed. They also workshopped with the students and talked about the process of editing, memorizing, and prepping for the stage. It was a perfect fit for the first day of week two! Yessir, we are getting ready for June 28th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center – we do hope you will find time to join us!


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Reflection: From a Mentor

Well, well, well… 
Here we are. We are in week 2 – out of 4. Voces 2013 is screaming down the tracks on a beautiful journey of poetry, art, journalism, and creative self-expression. Today, we are meeting with the 2013 ABQ Slam Team. Members of the team are workshopping with small groups of writers – from the Voces program. We are “talking shop.” Poets are meeting poets and figuring out how and why we do what we do – they are being encouraged to: write, edit, memorize, and speak their truths into the world. We have an incredible group of a little more than a dozen young writers who are finding themselves. I am thankful for their presence; when they kick poems, I am thankful for their presents! I hope you all are staying tuned to what are doing. Find us on Facebook: Urban Verbs – on Twitter @Voces2013 and on stage: June 28th at 7pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, in the Bank of America Theatre! 

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“Why Voces?”

Why Poetry? Why Music? Why Dance? Why ShortStory? Why Not? Why Voces? Here’s why … because…

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June 7, 2013 · 4:27 am