The Free School for Writing

The Free School for Writing is a modular, itinerant classroom where writers, artists and lifelong learners can exchange and develop skills and ideas.

The Free School for Writing is a modular, itinerant classroom where writers, artists and lifelong learners can exchange and develop skills and ideas related to writing, literature, and education. Interdisciplinary arts projects in partnership with community organizations also promote literacy and use writing to address local needs. At this informal, welcoming "school," caregivers can bring babies or others in their care if they need to. The Free School for Writing is an ongoing project of writer and artist Denise Delgado and is based in Boston, MA.

Mission: The Free School values 1. the voices and educational goals of writers and students of a broad spectrum of cultures, life experiences, and levels of literacy 2. lifelong learning adapted to learners’ and communities’ particular circumstances 3. artistic experimentation 4. a do-it-yourself ethic 5. the human need for balance and connection in all aspects of life.

2040 review

Take note of this very necessary project and a great opportunity from Asata Radcliffe and Jennifer N. Shannon! They are looking for interns to help build infrastructure. Spread the word:

"The 2040 Review is the first ever literature review publication that will feature reviewers of color who will review authors of color. Even though we just launched our blog a few days ago, already publishers and writers are expressing their excitement, and relief, that we will finally have a print publication to represent our voices.

...[W]e are putting a call out for INTERNS of all ages through [communities of writers of color] as we build the infrastructure to meet our print launch date and present this publication at [the Muse and the Marketplace Conference] 2018. Yes, we will need reviewers soon, however, we need all hands on deck to pull the last pieces into place. Please visit our blog and consider joining us for this historic endeavor." Welcome to the 2040 Review Posted on September 13, 2017September 14, 2017 by 2040 Review The 2040 Review is a publication dedicated to enhancing bookshelves by showcasing diverse authorship and reviewers. This will be the very first review publication that will feature reviewers and authors of color...

[05/19/17]   Who's the cheeky fan that suggested we change our category to "School - Pub?"

[03/03/17]   In the spirit of the FSFW, tomorrow at Book Arts Workshop: El libro intervenido en la época de la omisión | Altered Books in the Age of Omission Sara Rivera and Denise Delgado will spend the afternoon tearing pages out of books, talking about Alejandra Pizarnik and Corín Tellado, and who knows, maybe making something none of us anticipated. Hosted by The Urbano Project and Librería Donceles. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Sharing this call for submissions from our friends at @GrubStreet.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Immigrant Stories. 300 words. Stipends available. Due 2/24. Submit here:
An organization staffed almost entirely by immigrants and first-generation Americans, we at GrubStreet are as keenly aware of the sheer breadth of "the immigrant experience" as we are the crucial contribution immigrants make to American arts, culture, and society. In defiance of an ethics of exclusion, we're curating a series of immigrant stories. We're looking for short pieces (fiction or essay) that celebrate that contribution and illuminate the plurality of immigrant life. Tell us: How did you get here? What does being here mean to you? How do you make meaning in this society? If you're an immigrant or first-generation American, we want to hear from you.

We did it! So much gratitude for good weather and to all who came together to make this weekend's #PoetryBlockParty and El Hombrecito's residency activities happen:

Our awesome Egleston Square neighbors and friends who attended and participated, tireless partner in crime and community Luis Edgardo Cotto at Egleston Square Main Street, and all the support he corralled; María Christina Blanco and the JP Co-op for saving our sanity; Kevin DeMello Schutt for putting posters Ev. Ry. Wharrr, for logistical support, and for hooking us up with awesome volunteers; Julia Pimes Mata for consistently dope illustration and design, and for being there with Rene Dongo for a looooooong day Saturday; Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library as always; CityPop Egleston for hosting and Lydia Vega for supporting our workshop; Jai-Alai Books for making it possible for new readers in Boston to pick up Frank Báez's poetry collection at events; Desiree Franjul for mad hospitality and always being there at just the right time; our workshop writers Franklin Peralta and Kay Horton for sharing their work and enthusiasm; Matt Parker for being a gracious, savvy, patient open mic host; Safiyyah Johnson for gorgeous songs; Paloma Valenzuela for wielding a fierce camera and taking precious time out of the The Pineapple Diaries production schedule; Alexander Castillo for an excellent performance; Melanie Almeder for driving an hour and a half to help and read a gorgeous poem; and of course NEFA for making this all possible!

Finally, we all heart Frank Báez and the artists of El Hombrecito for spectacular poems, patience, ideas, performances y muuuucha buena onda. Adios, El Hombrecito! Miiiil gracias! Lo pasamos super bien con ustedes y Boston los espera para la proxima!

April went out very busy and very special, with Frank Báez delivering three video writing prompts for Saturday's POETRY IS NOT A LUXURY: a bilingual workshop and story circle | Bodega Signs + Wonders workshop. And three different people raised in JP, super buena gente, let us record their stories for Bodega Signs + Wonders. Those interviews were intense and magical and inspiring.

Thank you, beautiful people who came to today's workshop! You were all amazing writers.

Bodega Signs + Wonders Workshop: GRACIAS A LA VIDA | Memoir

A bilingual writing workshop in English and Spanish, facilitated by Denise Delgado with an exercise from Frank Baez. We listened to 4 versions of the popular song Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra (performed by Parra, Joan Baez, Mercedes Sosa, and Omara Portuondo) to prompt writing about life experience and talk about narrative voice.

All photos by Paloma Valenzuela.

A bilingual writing workshop in English and Spanish, facilitated by Denise Delgado with an exercise from Frank Baez. We listened to 4 versions of the popular song Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra (performed by Parra, Joan Baez, Mercedes Sosa, and Omara Portuondo) to prompt writing about life experience and talk about narrative voice.

All photos by Paloma Valenzuela.

PINTURA : PALABRA : Poetry magazine : Published by the Poetry Foundation

From this month's Poetry Magazine, Francisco Aragón on "PINTURA : PALABRA, a project in ekphrasis" designed to bring Latino poets in dialogue with the work of Latino artists: Read the latest issue of Poetry magazine-- the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English speaking world-- or browse over 100 years of the magazine in the archive featuring poems and prose by T.S. Elliot and Ezra Pound among others.

This just happened! Thank you beautiful people for coming and writing and sharing today! One participant brought her 3 ½ yr old and baby. A grown dude brought his mom. Y llegó Frank Baez por video courtesy of WeTransfer. And I (Denise) managed not to cry any of the times we played The Song.

The Politics of Language: An Interview with A. Igoni Barrett | GrubStreet

Debut novelist A. Igoni Barrett, from an interview with Boston writer Jonathan Escoffery: "I live in Nigeria and was schooled in Nigeria, so in many ways, I am writing for Nigerians. But I love Mark Twain, I love Nabokov, I love Dostoyevsky. And I’m sure when Mark Twain sat down to write Huckleberry Finn, he wasn’t thinking about some guy in Lagos who would one day fall in love with his novel. He was writing for his time and audience, but he was also writing for the world, for the human imagination. This is my idea of what writing is. I am writing about the issues that surround me, for my time, but I am also writing beyond my time and beyond my society." Harvard Book Store's New Voices in Fiction series, presented with GrubStreet, invites hotly anticipated debut novelists to talk about their work and their writing process. Next Tuesday, March 1st, we're welcoming debut novelist A. Igoni Barrett. His novel, Blackass, follows Furo Wariboko, a young Ni…

Bodega Signs + Wonders Writing Workshop Jan 2016

Bodega Signs + Wonders Writing Workshop Jan 2016

drawing by Julia Pimes Mata

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Logo by Jessalyn Santos-Hall

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