We’re priority-mailing our sincerest thanks to author Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, for sharing literary wisdom and encouragement with the authors of our 2017 Young Authors Book Project, which unites students of Amundsen High School in Andersonville and Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village.
We’re still dancing with excitement after Ashley Rockwood of Dancers Awareness Project spoke to our After-School Tutoring and Writing students this week about her career in the dance world––including what it’s like to dance with Beyonce!
This year’s Young Authors Book Project united the students of schools in two different neighborhoods through the art of letter-writing. Over the course of seventeen weeks, 8th graders from Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village and sophomores from Andersonville's Amundsen High School exchanged handwritten correspondence with each other, divulging anxiety about the future, opening up about loved ones’ deaths, reflecting on their identities, and swapping K-Pop and Netflix recommendations.
By hearing others' stories and sharing their own, students have forged new friendships and practiced reading and writing with empathy. These letters are being compiled into a beautifully-bound book, which we’re thrilled to release to the public on Saturday, June 10th at the Printers Row Lit Fest. Celebration details and a book title are coming soon, so stay tuned!
We’re still beaming with pride here at 826CHI after Thursday’s release of our students’ annual bilingual chapbook Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de garras en el lodo. This bilingual collection of stories and poems featuring intrepid detectives, tomato wars, and dogs with laser eyes was received with delight by an audience of family, volunteers, and funders. Special thanks go to our intrepid volunteer translators and guest author Juan Martinez!
If you missed our students’ big day, you can catch a visual recap in our Flickr album and pick up a copy of the book for $5 in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students welcomed a distinguished guest last week as part of our Speakers & Snacks series, continuing a long line of inspirational and educational career talks at 826CHI. espnW’s Sarah Spain spoke with our students about hosting radio shows, interviewing their favorite athletes, and even competing as a heptathlete.
Our thanks go out to Sarah for her fun and engaging talk with our students!