Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Loft Inroads Mentoring Award: Immigrants and Refugees

The Loft Inroads Mentoring Award: Immigrants and Refugees program is now open!

You can learn more at:

"The Loft Literary Center’s Inroads programs provides opportunities for emerging writers from marginalized communities to work with established writing mentors from their own communities. This program offers writers the chance to engage in ongoing craft seminars, individual conferences, and public readings, all with an established local mentor sharing their background.

In summer of 2013, the focus of Inroads will be emerging writers who identify as immigrants and refugees."

If you're in Minnesota, this is an excellent program for immigrants and refugees this year. They shift community focus from year to year, so it's not always for immigrants and refugees. So, if you think you might qualify, apply. Or encouraging emerging writer colleagues among you to apply.

The Loft’s Inroads Mentorship for Immigrants and Refugees is supported by the Laura Jane Musser Fund, Traveler’s Employee Diversity Committee, United Arts, and the contributions of Loft members.

On a historic note, I would point out that over the years, The Loft has served as a gathering place for Lao and Asian American writers to hone their craft through countless readings and workshops. Among the Asian American writers who've performed and spoken here are writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Li Young Lee, Ha Jin, Ed Lin, U Sam Ouer, Gene Yang, Barbara Jane Reyes and many more. It was also the site of the first National Lao American Writers Summit in 2010.

The Loft Literary Center is the nation’s largest independent literary center and was the site for the first book release parties for writers Saymoukda Vongsay and myself. Loft activities are made possible through the generous contributions of Loft members and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Major support for the Loft Literary Center is also provided by, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Jerome Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, and the Target Foundation. If you like their mission, please consider donating to them. It's a wonderful investment.

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