Unfortunately, due to the ban on large gatherings in response to COVID-19, the 2020 Literary Arts Festival has been cancelled. We very much hope to reschedule for a future time and will provide updates if and when we do.
In the meantime, the LAF Writing Competition is still on. Submissions are closed, but authors of winning submissions will be notified by the end of March and the results announced on our OpenLab site.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, and the many people who were planning on participating in and were actively working to promote the Literary Arts Festival. We hope to be able to announce a new date for the event in the not so distant future.
We had a wonderful Literary Arts Festival event on Thursday, April 19. Thanks to all who attended, and special thanks to Sean Conrey, guest speaker and poet, who reacquainted everyone with the power of spontaneous creativity via an interactive poetry-writing exercise.
And the winners are…
ADOLPHUS LEE POETRY AWARD
First Place: Siera Whitaker, “American Millennial”
Second Place: Taariq Johnson, “A Denial Of The Matter That Is Time”
Third Place: Shylin Ferrera, “Back Door”
Third Place (tie): Savan De Jesus, “Cold Balcony”
CHARLES MATUSIK FICTION AWARD
First Place: Kassandra Rodriguez-Urbas, “Flowering”
Second Place: Jaroslav E. Sykora, “The Shabbat Candles”
Third Place: Gabriela Miranda-Diaz, “Spirit Of The Wendigo”
KAY-HIRSCH LITERARY CRITICISM AWARD
First Place: Wasif Pottoy, “Perdomo Paper”
Second Place: Shelly Ann Kerr, “‘Casablanca’: The Critical Review”
Third Place: Thomas Arocho, “‘White Eyes’ Literary Criticism”
First Place: Daniela Villaman, “5 Train Troubles”
Second Place: Kedania Napoleon, “Battle Of The Sexes”
Third Place: Marie Bonie Victor, “The Central Park Encounter”
MICHELE FORSTEN ADVOCACY AWARD
First Place: Cherishe Cumma, “The Price Of Gentrification: Who Pays?”
Second Place: Linda Henry, “Hidden From Outsiders: Home Care”
Third Place: Nadia Graham, “A Little Too Black For That Car”
WALTER-SCANLON CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD
First Place: Quamel Watson, “You’re A Blessing”
Second Place: Jennifer Travinski, “Why You Gotta Be So Rude?”
Third Place: Johnnie Davis, “Whose Dream Is It Anyway?”
Looking forward to seeing you at out Literary Arts Festival this year. There may have been some confusion about where it’s taking place, so just to clarify, we’ll be in the Atrium Amphitheater in the main City Tech building (300 Jay Street) this year. Please do NOT show up to Voorhees! See you on Thursday.
We can’t wait to see all of you there! For volunteers and performers: please come to the rehearsal from 1:30-4pm in Voorhees Theater tomorrow.
Artwork by William Luperena
Join us this Thursday (4/6) at 1pm in N1107 for our final team meeting before break. If you haven’t attended a meeting yet, that’s ok. If you already got a shirt, please bring it. Also, we’re going to have pizza, so comment on this post if you’ll be there so we know how much to get!