In 1992, Dr. Lee Francis III had a vision. To ensure that the voices of Native writers - past, present, and future - were heard throughout the world. For ten years he dedicated his time, his spirit, and his energy to this singular vision. With his passing in 2003, I took over as the National Director. In carrying his vision forward, we hosted numerous workshops for Native youth, connected dozens of mentors, and generally kept the fires burning.
Then a new opportunity presented itself: creating comic books and pop culture media for Native people, by Native people. It was a natural fit and Native Realities, the Indigenous Comic Con, and Red Planet Books and Comics all grew out of the seeds planted by Wordcraft Circle.
Over the past two and a half years, you gave me the time to establish this new business and allow it to flourish. For this I am eternally humbled and grateful.
But there is still work to do and Wordcraft must continue to honor that vision as I continue to see the need to mentor upcoming writers so they can accomplish their visions.
So this letter is a recommitment to Dad’s vision in supporting Native youth and emerging writers. To provide mentorship and support for their work and words. To cultivate and promote opportunities for these brilliant voices to be a part of the literary industry.
We are also going to focus our efforts on developing and supporting a new generation of Native executives, editors, and administrators who can help shepherd more Native writers to successful careers on their own terms.
To accomplish all this we need your help, once again. Years ago my father called on many of you to support this vision. Now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to change the narratives around who we are and how we exist. So I am humbly asking you to also recommit to Wordcraft. Buy becoming or renewing as a member, you continue to make the circle stronger and help us support all this incredible work for all generations.
Your membership not only gets you some exciting benefits but also goes to support this with Native youth. From providing scholarships to bring youth to RTGs or Indigenous Comic Cons to compensating mentors and member-editors for their time to providing resources to Native communities in their efforts to create, preserve and promote their stories, your membership is necessary.
We have not changed our membership fees in more than ten years and you can lock in that annual price for another decade if you sign back up in the next 30 days.
For those of you who have signed up in the past two years since our hiatus began, you will receive 3 years of membership with Wordcraft for free as a thank you.
So many of you have been a part of this great work as we come upon our twentieth-fifth anniversary. One quarter of a century has flown by and we look to the next twenty-five with resolve and dedication to forever ensure that the voices of Native Peoples - past, present, and future - are heard throughout the world!
Please join us again as we look toward that incredible future!