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This year Write to Read Day will be held on Friday, May 6th.
The following presenters have been confirmed. Get to know their work!
http://www.intothedangerousworld.com/At a family meeting, Ror declares her purpose: She is an artist.  But she doesn’t really know what that means. Raised on a commune, she’s never attended a day of school, and has seen little of the outside world. What she knows best is drawing. To her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she makes sense of the world.  When her father torches the commune—and himself—Ror’s life changes. She, her mother and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan, where she runs into trouble—and love—with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.

Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope--a sharp-edged, indelible work of art that will live inside your head. -Viking Books

Click on the book to visit their website for videos, artwork, and the world that inspired this novel.

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends until a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.  Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one -- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come. -Scholastic

Check out this review in the New York Times.

"In a world ruled by a flourishing Ottoman Empire, a hotshot mecha pilot suffers a crisis of nerves as he prepares to face the dreaded Scorpion Rider in gladiatorial combat.

With a visual style inspired by French comics of the 1970s, and a dieselpunk North African setting, this celshaded animated short is being developed by an international team of designers and animators" -Luckbat Studios

For a video with more information about Mike's current animation project check his Kickstarter.

Puppeteer Joe Therrien has joined W2R Day many times. This year we're excited to welcome six members of the Bread and Puppet Theater, now in their 53rd year!  Founded in 1963, the theater has a long history of social activism.  Early productions were about rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. The puppets have grown in size and continue to take on important issues facing our communities and nation.

Peter is a journalist and writer based in NYC.  He writes about the intersection of the environment and human lives, social justice, and LGBTQ rights. He's currently writing a book about gentrification. You can find his work in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, New York Magazine (online), and Al Jazeera America to cite a few.  Peter will work with our students on the components of a news article and the fine art of questioning.
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next. -Speak

George Hagen
Gabriel Finley loves riddles. His father taught him one every day- until he disappeared.  Ravens, intelligent, friendly birds, also love riddles. They use them to distinguish themselves from valravens—evil, immortal birds who never laugh and eat human flesh.  On his 12th birthday Gabriel receives his father's journals and uncovers the family's secret- he must protect a torc forged by dwarves that would give the valravens unlimited power.  It is sought by his creepy uncle Corax who disappeared as a boy to rule the valraven underworld.

torc: (n) a neck ornament consisting of a band of twisted metal, worn especially by the ancient Gauls and Britons.

Self-described as a curly haired artist, painter, photographer and dibble & dabbler. Jasmin is a Brooklyn resident who takes pleasure in capturing what surrounds and inspires her to create meaningful and colorful works of art. Her art embraces and celebrates her heritage, community, and family and at the same time explores the idea of beauty and self-identity issues within.  Her first picture book, Penelope and her Puffy Brown Crown can be read here.

Check out her photography, collage, and illustration on her website.

An all-volunteer organization, Interference Archive has exhibitions,  open stacks archives, publications, a study center, and public programs that explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements.  They will join us to show students different comic storytelling techniques such as autobiographical comics, comics journalism, and historical narrative.  Then students will  create their own comics with a set of loose guidelines.

Maria is a Puerto Rican artist, designer, and educator. Maria's work has been shown at the International Center for Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico to name a few.   In 2008 she founded Puerto Rico's first user-based design studio.  She has worked with our school in the past on digital storytelling, and will join us on W2R Day for a workshop on radio storytelling, specifically mysteries with science fiction or paranormal components.