WRITE & RAISE FOR IMMIGRANTS: 30 Poems in November!

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October 01, 2018
WRITE & RAISE FOR IMMIGRANTS: 30 Poems in November! 
Center for New Americans' Fundraising Event 

For Immediate Release:  October 1, 2018 
Contact: Laurie Millman, Office 413-587-0084, cell 413-531-2043,  laurie@cnam.org
“Poetry will save us,” promises Philip Price as Center for New Americans kicks off 30 Poems in November!  Sarah Sullivan, Event Chair, concurs. She says she is chairing the event because “Center for New Americans provides life-changing support for immigrants, and the experience has also been life-changing for me.”  She plans a writing workshop and welcome reception for participating writers on Thursday, November 1 at Center for New Americans.

30 Poems in November! was launched by Lesléa Newman 10 years ago when she was Northampton’s Poet Laureate.  Since that time, many Valley writers have chaired the event: Robin Barber & Carol Edelstein; Patricia Lee Lewis; Lori Desrosiers; Emily Bloch; Terry S. Johnson; Jean Blakeman;Tommy Twilite; Abigail Warren & Elsa Philippi Cline. Thanks to their outreach, writing groups, poetry prompts, and other creative supports, many writers -– ranging from well-known published authors to first-time writers -- have signed up to write and raise to support free English classes for our community’s immigrants. Center for New Americans’ board members, teachers, and students also write.
Writers create a fundraising page and recruit family, friends, and colleagues as sponsors.  Some writers email their poems to supporters, blog about writing poems daily, and consider the experience both exhilarating and challenging.

Participants who raise at least $100 are invited to read one poem at a Reading & Celebration hosted by the Poetry Center at Smith College on December 13. They are also invited to submit a poem to an Anthology edited and produced annually by Levellers Press.

About Center for New Americans: Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants with free English classes, support services, and citizenship and immigration legal assistance.

42 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Laurie Millman, Executive Director
(413) 587-0084