Letter from the Executive Director
Dear MOI community,
May was a busy month! We celebrated the hard work of our students this year with three book release parties, two newly published anthologies, and one fabulous visit to our Writers’ Room at South High School from acclaimed author Tommy Orange.
We are also wrapping up our first year of programming in our new space in Minneapolis and at our satellite location at South High School. This summer we will be hosting a series of writing workshops in our space and will be offering playwriting and stilting workshops at nearby community centers. Stay tuned for an invitation to a stilting pageant in late July, and for more opportunities throughout the summer to see our young authors in action.
Porthole into Programming!
As the school year comes to an end, we can't stop smiling from the compliments and thank-yous we hear from students and parents. We want to share a few with you.
A senior at South High School named Faisa went out of her way to visit the Writers’ Room and say, "You really helped me. I couldn't have done it [final research paper] without you."
A parent of a second-grade student told us that coming to After-School Homework Help has been "transformative" for her student in terms of writing. “MOI has been incredible for his confidence, creativity, and love of writing,” the parent said of her student.
On the last day of YABP, MOI’s Program Director, Cristeta Boarini, caught a paper airplane thank-you poem from student and newly published author, Ava Keezer.
MOI is also offering Creative Writing Workshops on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. throughout the summer for students ages 7 to 17. Mark your calendar for a fun and creative afternoon with MOI on June 12, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21!
Our students are celebrating their status as #published authors and looking forward to summer break. Last week, our after-school writers tackled the question, “What color is summer?” Here’s what second-grader Jamal had to say:
In the News
Didn’t make it to the release party for Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds? No problem! Minnesota Native News covered the party and even recorded tenth-grader Ava Keezer reading an unpublished poem written only days before the event! Listen to the story here.
Call to Action!
At MOI, students know their voice matters. MOI’s focus on publishing stories from youth in our communities not only helps develop students' critical writing skills but also empowers them to use their voice to create the world they want to live in. Let the young authors in your community know that you value their voice by purchasing a book of student writing today from MOI's store!
From the bottom of the Lost Ocean of Minnesota, thank you to everyone who donated to MOI this month!