This December Returning the Gift was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had a wonderful turnout and some incredible writers and storytellers graced the Land of Enchantment. But rather than say it in words, we present to you the RTG 2015 gallery!
Happy New Year from Wordcraft Circle! This past year we had a wonderfully successful year! From our work with incarcerated Native youth to Returning the Gift 2015, Wordcraft has been continuing to support the work and words of Native/Indigenous writers and storytellers through our many projects and programs. And 2016 will be no different!
This year we have a dual focus on literacy and communications. Both are necessary areas to support for Native youth and communities and we hope our ongoing projects will be able to have an impact for those communities and participants. Those projects include:
- WC Reads: our Native youth literacy program which features getting comic books into the hands of Native and Indigenous youth. By donating a Native-centric, culturally engaging comic, we hope to encourage Native youth to read and express themselves in culturally viable ways. You can read more about the program HERE!
- Storykeepers: our storytelling training project funded by the Chamiza Foundation, Storekeepers is currently working in three sites in New Mexico to help train Native youth in the mechanics of storytelling. We hope to expand to three more sites in the Southwest by year end.
- Indigenous Theater Institute: in collaboration with Tricklock Theater Company (Albuquerque, NM), Wordcraft is launching the Institute to bring culturally engaging theatrical performances to Native and Indigenous communities throughout the United States.
In addition to our programs and projects, we also have ten planned/sponsored/participating events ready for 2016, including:
- Common Ground on the Border
- AWP Wordcraft Pre-Conference
- IndigiSlam! Indigenous Poetry Slam Championship
- Common Ground on the Hill
- iCon: Indigenous Pop Culture Convention
- Returning the Gift 2016 (25th Anniversary)
- New Wordcraft Center
Have a great 2016 and we'll see you in another year!
In September, Wordcraft Circle National Director Lee Francis IV, had the distinct honor of meeting a number of Australian First Nations writers who were visiting the United States as featured guests of the National Book Festival in Washington DC.
After a number of incredible conversations with the First Nations Australian Writers' Network, Dr. Francis IV and Wordcraft Circle will have the chance to continue the relationship in Australia this February. Over 16 days, Dr. Francis will visit Melbourne, Darwin, Adeliade, and Sydney and have the opportunity to meet a number of Australian First Nations Writers and Indigenous community members during the trip.
The visit will also allow Wordcraft and FNAWN to develop several joint projects that will feature collaborations between US and Australian Indigenous writers and storytellers.
You can follow Dr. Francis' travels on our Facebook Page or return here for more news in March!