Letter from the Executive Director
Dear MOI community,
We are moving into one of my favorite times of the year—publication season. As MOI wraps up the first year of programs in our new home and completes our first year in our Writers’ Room at South High School, we are getting ready to celebrate through book release parties and festivities. We’d love to have our community come out and join us at these events to honor the hard work and creativity of our young authors.
There’s also a big book festival happening in May that we are very excited about. On May 11–12, the Loft Literary Center will be hosting Wordplay. Wordplay Festival “aims to be the biggest celebration of readers, writers, and great books that Minnesota has ever seen.” The weekend will feature readings, workshops, performances and parties for all types of readers. MOI will be at the festival both days selling our student-written anthologies and offering writing activities for the whole family. I will also be moderating a panel on “Youth Activism for Social Justice” featuring author Scott Warren, author of Generation Citizen, and some powerful youth activists from around the Twin Cities. You can find a full schedule of the weekend’s events here.
Let's celebrate the power of words together,
Porthole into Programing!
The 2018–2019 Young Authors' Book Project is wrapping up, and our young authors' book is being printed as you read this. We are proud to present Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds. A huge thanks to all our wonderful classroom volunteers and teachers for helping our students write this book. Shout out to local artist Marlena Myles for creating the amazing cover and inside art for this professional volume.
Get a copy of Indigenous Originated for your bookshelf by joining us at Moon Palace Books on May 15 from 4:30–7 p.m. at our release party.
This month, MOI celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day as a part of National Poetry Month. Didn’t get a chance to grab a pocket poem for yourself? Check out these ones from some After-School Homework Help students:
In the News
"My little sister is in first grade and she’s going to graduate high school in 2030, so to think that I get to have a childhood and she won’t even be able to reach adulthood [before things get worse], I was like, wow, this is a really big issue that I need to think about.”
- Isra Hirsi, sixteen-year-old leader and activist
"I'm not going to leave my future in the hands of people who aren’t doing anything. We’re already seeing the effects [of climate change], you can see it everywhere. You might even see it in your backyard... We’re just trying to survive.”
- Haven Coleman, twelve-year-old leader and activist
Youth across the nation are using their voices to advocate for climate justice. Even though they are not yet old enough to vote, Isra Hirsi—South High School student and daughter of MN Representative Ilhan Omar—and Haven Coleman co-founded Youth Climate Strike US to address the growing emergency. Check out this article by Vice about the young leaders involved in the climate strike. MOI is proud to have our Writers' Room at a school that supports students who think critically about resolving the issues affecting the world today.
Call to Action!
Support MOI’s young authors this May! Students involved in the 2018–2019 Young Authors' Book Project published their anthology Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds. Join us at Moon Palace Books on Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30–7 p.m. to hear students read their writing, purchase a copy of this incredible publication, and have it autographed by the authors themselves!
On Monday, May 20, MOI’s After-School Homework Help students will also be presenting writing from their recently published chapbook. Sail to MOI headquarters to listen to these young authors read their newest creations. You can purchase our students’ books and MOI swag online or at our store.
From the bottom of the Lost Ocean of Minnesota, thank you to everyone who donated to MOI this month!