Featured class: Shaking Up Shakespeare (for 12- to 14-Year-Olds) with Cristina Pippa starts August 10.

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship

2015 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015 Immersion Fellowship recipients Karla Cordero (Carlsbad), Christian Collier (Chattanooga), Raymond Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Minneapolis), and Cindy Tran (Minneapolis).

The four recipients were selected from a pool of many qualified applications from all over the United States. They will receive up to $7,500 in support of a self-defined project and will perform at the Loft as part of its Equilibrium Spoken Word series. The winning projects include:    

  • Karla Cordero (Carlsbad, CA)—Voices for the Undocumented, a writing workshop series and chapbook publication, geared toward a community of people who are undocumented seeking the American Dream, in collaboration with Casa Del Migrante in Mexicali, Mexico.
  • Christian Collier (Chattanooga, TN)—a project that examines the way that we, as a society, view topics such as sexuality and race; and initiate and lead a program that uses an original spoken-word poetry curriculum to provide a number of sustaining benefits for largely underprivileged teenagers in the Greater Chattanooga area.
  • Raymond Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Minneapolis, MN)—create spoken word that reflects my tribe's contemporary voices and concerns especially with the oil boom in Twin Buttes; workshop their writings and perform for them, and work with Mandan language speakers.
  • Cindy Tran (Minneapolis, MN)—to lead workshops with Vietnamese and ethnic Chinese elders who were immigrants and refugees, bringing together elders to share their struggles, experiences, observations, and hopes through writing poetry.

First alternate: Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton (TX)
Honorable Mention: Michelle Myers (NJ) 
Judges: Tomás Riley, PC Muñoz, Shá Cage

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The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is made possible by the Surdna Foundation.