WritersCorps presents WritersCorps Live at The CJM, in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum. WritersCorps youth and teaching artists will share the stage with writers Chinaka Hodge.
Who: Chinaka Hodge, Maddy Clifford, Annie Rovzar, and WritersCorps youth from:
Aptos Middle School
International Studies Academy
Oasis For Girls
San Francisco Public Library
Woodside Learning Center at Juvenile Hall
When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th streets)
Cost: This event is FREE and open to the public. To receive advance tickets, click here.
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Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174 th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’s prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in screenwriting, in 2012. In the Fall of that year, she received the San Francisco Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l. Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts nonprofit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, CSpan, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.
Maddy “MADlines” Clifford is a WritersCorps teaching artist at College Track SF, The Mix@SFPL, and juvenile hall. She is a Hip-Hop artist, writer and educator. Aside from independently releasing three music projects and opening for Souls of Mischief, Maddy also holds an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Mills College. She’s facilitated hundreds of literary arts workshops throughout the Bay Area. For the past three years she has been teaching as a Poet in Residence at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, a short-term youth detention facility for the city and county of San Francisco. This work has given her the opportunity to publish student writing, collaborate with artists in the community and celebrate the voices and stories of incarcerated kids. In 2015, Maddy served as Hip-Hop Ambassador to Uganda through the Next Level Program, a project of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina. This experience allowed her to travel to Africa to engage in person-to-person diplomacy with young people in Kampala. Whether Maddy is writing, performing or coaxing kids into the creative process, her goal is to leave an indelible footprint in a shifting cultural landscape, one in which young people’s dreams for peace can take root.
Annie Rovzar is a Writers Corps teaching artist in her third year at the Hilltop School for Pregnant Teens and Sanchez Elementary. In the past, she has taught creative writing at the University of San Francisco and English composition and poetry at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project. Annie is a lifelong explorer, and spent a year and a half in El Salvador as a student and community coordinator for the Casa de solidaridad program. She credits her first awakening to the healing practice of storytelling to the Salvadorans she met there and their testimonies of life during and after the Civil War. She has also twice walked the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, and is currently working on a manuscript of poetry based on her experiences walking.