May 27, 2016
Support YALDA as they support young women authors
by Julia Fleischaker
YALDA, the Young Adult Language & Devotion Alliance, was created to offer a “platform of support, in a spirit of friendship and dedication” to young women writers between the ages of 12 and 19. As the organization’s website explains:
We believe in the creative, visionary nature of youth. These incredible young authors deserve to experience the rewards of seeing their work in print, just as adult authors do. By connecting with arts professionals and mentors who are inspired by their work and helping to publish and promote it, young authors can better recognize its value and advocate for themselves with more confidence. The support and advice they receive in the process will help them navigate their high school and college years, as well as any profession they pursue in the future.
And right now, you can support this work, and help keep their summer program tuition-free, at gofundme.
For one week each June, our young women authors come to NYC to receive a letterpress apprenticeship with the Brooklyn-based nonprofit publishing hero Ugly Duckling Presse, where they learn to design, print and bind their own chapbooks.
Authors will also participate in workshops and community-building events, culminating in a chapbook launch reading, all hosted by NYC literary landmark Poets House.
YALDA was founded by the poet Farnoosh Fathi, who works with the authors throughout the year. This summer’s authors range from 8th grade to 12th grade and come from Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and NYC. The program is truly a labor of love for Fathi (the only staff member), who believes in allowing young women’s voices to be heard through the publishing process.
You can meet this summer’s authors here, and donate to their fund here.
Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.