Support Women Writers of African Descent TODAY – ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT!
DRAFT PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue – An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry is a free major symposium that will put writers, critics, and their readers from across Africa, the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean in dialogue with each other in Accra, Ghana, May 16-19, 2013. The public can help support authors’ participation at www.indiegogog.com/owwa and can register at http://www.owwainc.org/gettingthere.html
Where does your money go? Most of our 50+ participants are paying their own way to Ghana through their jobs, their own finances, or other fundraising. But a number of our participants who are not university professors and not in the US or Europe are having a hard time raising their travel costs. Money from the online fundraising campaign will support writers who do not have other means to get to Yari Yari – writers from countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Nigeria – and independent writers in the USA. Help us ensure that diverse voices are present at Yari Yari!
WHAT WILL YOU FEEL?
It’s true; Yari Yari is about feeling good – you’ll feel great when you see the program [in the “gallery” section at www.indiegogo.com/owwa ] You’ll also feel great when you see what the thank-you gifts are for your donations – bags, dvds, signed books, and other fun stuff. By giving any amount, you’ll be added to our YYN list, so even if you can’t attend the conference you’ll receive information about where you can find photos, text, and other updates we’ll post online from Accra. In fact, you can see lots of photos, videos, and a full list of participants – as well as the program – right now in our “gallery” at www.indiegogo.com/owwa
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We have less than two weeks left – the more money we raise, the more writers we can help. Please give what you can now at www.indiegogo.com/owwa (checks also accepted; see below).
The OWWA Executive Board of Directors
OWWA is deeply saddened by the loss of its President and Co-Founder, Jayne Cortez, the amazing poet, performer, and activist described by The New York Times as “one of the central figures of the Black Arts Movement.” The Cortez-Edwards family encourages donations in Jayne’s name to OWWA. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made at www.indiegogo.com/owwa or mailed to
P.O. Box 652; Village Station; New York, NY 10014.