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DREAMing Out Loud Virtual Reading & Book Release
In partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition, PEN America recently presented our annual reading featuring the rising stars from DREAMing Out Loud, our tuition-free workshop series for young undocumented writers in New York City. Although the event is over, it can be viewed online: https://youtu.be/0V5Z58e7kt4

We would love your help to make DREAMing Out Loud possible in 2021. To date, the program has primarily been funded by a time-limited grant that ends this year. Public support is crucial for the program to continue offering workshops in 2021.

Since the program’s founding in 2016, DREAMing Out Loud has served over 125 emerging writers. Our students are primarily first-generation immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. As rhetoric flies, politics grind, and heat increases along all our borders, the experiences of these writers, who have risked their lives to cross land and oceans into the United States, must be heard.

Any donations are considered 100 percent tax-deductible and support DREAMing Out Loud’s mission to defend young undocumented writers and immigrants’ free expression at a time of unprecedented need. Here are some features of the program your donation could help us fund:

$10 – a free anthology for a student writer
$50 – a paid volunteer copyeditor
$100 – lunch or dinner for students in one of our workshop sessions
$150 – a guest speaker’s honorarium
$200 – an hour of workshop facilitation
$400 – a student stipend to offset costs of living while participating in the program
$2,000 – a teaching assistant’s stipend
$3,200 – a teaching artist’s stipend

Please contact Nicole Gervasio at ngervasio@pen.org for any additional questions or concerns.

DREAMing Out Loud is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), with special thanks to the Vilcek Foundation, the New York Immigration Coalition, and the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute for their support. Thanks go to Roxanna Allen for graphic design.