Friday, June 15, 2007

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

A few upcoming events and opportunities:

From the Asian American Writers' Workshop:

Txt Me: A Writing and Multimedia Youth Project

Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 20, 2007

Do you have a blog? A MySpace page? What do you write on it? What don't you write on it? The Asian American Writers' Workshop is offering a new creative writing project that focuses on what's most important to you. Over the course of two weeks, you will explore issues of community and identity through new forms of communication such as YouTube, text messages, podcasts, and blogs. You will work together to each produce and present a final digital multimedia project.

Txt Me is a FREE workshop open to youth, ages 13-19, from all racial backgrounds. All participants are expected to commit to the duration of the workshop and complete all assignments. Space will fill up quickly, so applicants are advised to return their complete applications as soon as possible; early applicants will be given first consideration.

For detailed information and to download an application, please check: Workshops

Applications are due Thursday June 28th, 2007. Applications must be received by this date. We will notify all applicants by early July.

The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
New York NY 10001-3814
212-494-0061 tel
212-494-0062 fax

From Kevin McGruder and Other Countries, a reading tomorrow:

Other Countries: Black Gay Expressions


Summer Solstice:*
An Open Reading of LGBT Work
~ 5 minutes per reader

LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan
Saturday, June 16th 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

contributors to Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Writing, Other Countries III (2007) will also read

for info contact:
*The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator. The summer solstice is the date with the longest daylight period and hence with the shortest night. This date usually falls on June 21/June 22 (in the Northern hemisphere).

From the Next Generation Awareness Foundation, a truly small-budget film, Diary of a Tired Black Man, starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, from Monique's Phat Girls:

Contact: Corey "CJ" Jennings
(202) 409-7240
Urban Film Series
P.O. Box 6885, Alexandria, VA 22306,
starring Jimmy Jean-Louis (Mo'Nique's Phat Girlz and Heroes) to Make Heated Premier in DC

Now It's Time For The Black Man To Exhale / Filmmaker Tim Alexander Makes Highly-Publicized Follow-Up to America's Most Viewed Trailer That Started All The Hype / Men Advised to Be Quiet at Screening

(Washington, DC -- June 13, 2007) Urban Film Series announced today that Diary of A Tired Black Man starring Jimmy Jean-Louis (Mo'Nique's Phat Girlz, Heroes), Paula Lema, Natasha M. Dixon, Shavsha Israel & Little Cierra Lockett, will make its mid-Atlantic premiere at the 2007 Urban Film and Discussion Series hosted by Landmark Theatre (555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC). Members of the public, press and VIP persons are invited to attend the special "Premiere Preview" screening on June 21, 2007 at 7:30pm and 5:30pm. Tickets range from $12 (general) to $16 (VIP) and can be purchased in advance at or at the Landmark Theatre box office.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A with the film's writer-producer, Tim Alexander. The discussion will be moderated by Corey "CJ" Jennings, the Urban Film Series founder. Due to demand, members of the press are advised to contact Urban Film Series at Press (at) or (202) 409-7240 to schedule interviews before and after the screening.


Diary of A Tired Black Man, is a simple story about the complex relationships between black men and black women. It follows the life and relationships of a successful black man as he tries to find a happy place to rest his heart. He is constantly challenged by the anger he finds in the women he dates, including his wife, from whom he divorces, and the other women he tries to date after her. Drama! Drama! Drama!

Nearly a year ago the top-rated trailer to the film hit the internet and was viewed by millions of viewers, all of whom have waited with high anticipation to see the film that would follow. Diary of A Tired Black Man will be released in select theaters for the remainder of the year. In just three days, word of the screening in Washington, DC has already forced a sell-out of the originally scheduled screening of the film. Demand to see the film increased dramatically and led to a second screening time when Urban Film Series released an advisory set of instructions for men that will attend the screening.

More information on the film, including reviews and interviews can be found at or

About The Urban Film Series

The Urban Film Series is a programmatic arm of the Next Generation Awareness Foundation (NGAF), a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is connect urban communities with history and progressive cinema, and provide exposure of the arts and the motion picture industry to many communities across the United States.

The Urban Film Series also produces the annual Black Docs Film Series, Urban Film Series Tour, and Black History Month Film & Discussion Series, and has received well over 600 films from across the world for its various film-related programs.

Who: Urban Film Series
What: Diary of A Tired Black Man; Q&A to Follow
Where: Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, WDC
When: June 21st, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: MUST purchase in advance at, for General ($12), VIP ($16), and Press admission. General admission tickets will also be made available at Landmark Theatre, as available.

Featuring Q&A with the filmmaker Tim Alexander team and members of the cast.
From poet Reggie H., an open call from Four Way Books for poetry and fiction manuscripts:


Poetry and Fiction Submissions

In June, we read full-length poetry collections and novellas or short story collections.

During our June reading period, manuscripts are not read anonymously. Manuscripts are selected by the editors of Four Way Books.

Each manuscript may be mailed or emailed between June 1 and June 30 2007, accompanied by a $15.00 processing fee made out to Four Way Books.

Poetry manuscripts are generally between 45 – 80 pages of text. Fiction manuscripts are generally between 150 – 200 pages of text.

In recent years we have selected:

Sarah Manguso's Siste Viator (2006), and C.S. Carrier's After Dayton (2008).

If you submitted to our contest, you may also submit during June. We have different readers in June.

We accept submissions electronically and by mail.

For Submitting by Mail

Please make sure that your cover page includes the title, your name, and contact information.

Manuscripts will not be returned. If you want to receive written word of our response through the mail, please include an SASE. Otherwise, we will respond by email, if you provide us with your email contact info.

Please include a reading fee of $15.00, either as a check payable to Four Way Books, or attach a print out of your payment confirmation emailed from our web site. (Go to our Reading Fee Form to pay via credit card. Available in June).

Word-process your manuscript on white, 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Legible typeface.
Send to: Four Way Books POB 535 Village Station New York NY 10014.

For Submitting Electronically

Please make sure that your cover page includes the title, your name and contact information.

Submit your entry fee via the June Reading Fee Form, and follow the directions for online credit card payment on our secure site.

Email the manuscript as a single attached document (either a Microsoft Word document or a Rich Text document) to

Be sure to include your Reading Fee Confirmation Number in the body of the email.
Name the document with your confirmation number (i.e. JN1032.doc or JN1032.rtf)


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