VONA (and a pic of Rona) in the new Poets & Writers

7 03 2010

I’m so thrilled that the esteemed national magazine Poets and Writers has profiled the Voices of Our Nations summer workshops for writers of color in their current issue. VONA has been a huge part of my development as a writer, a place where I have met dozens of amazing fellow writers and poets, and also where I’ve had the good fortune of studying under esteemed writers (and my personal literary idols) Chitra Divakaruni, Jessica Hagedorn, Chris Abani and Junot Diaz.

I was even more thrilled that one of my VONA workshop-mates from this past summer, Jennifer de Leon, wrote the profile and was able to include a photo of our fiction workshop folks (along with our instructor, Junot) at the beginning of the piece! So, technically, I’ve had my first-ever appearance in Poets and Writers! Of course, it’s just my photo (and also one in which I’m acting very silly—winking at the camera to be exact), but it was still fun to see.

The VONA application deadline for this summer’s workshop is coming up in April, so if you’re a writer of color and you want to study, hang out and network with some amazing folks in the literary world, check out the web site and consider applying. Maybe I’ll see you there!