A PageSlayers Reading
Deering Estate Literary Artist-in-Residence Dana De Greff will present a contemporary fiction and poetry reading featuring writers-of-color. A site tour of the Deering Estate will also be offered. The event will take place at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre.
The event is open to the public, welcoming all community members, performing artists, and arts enthusiasts. R.S.V.P. is required on EventBrite as seating is limited to 85 guests. Please see EventBrite page for suggested donations to PageSlayers.
Special panelists will include Moderator Dana De Greff, Jaquira Díaz, Keith S. Wilson, and Andrew Boryga.
PageSlayers Summer Camp, a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Winner, was born out of the desire to provide free creative writing summer camps to 4th and 5th graders in Opa-Locka, Florida, and to cultivate the next generation of writers-of-color in South Florida. Our camp sessions provide access to in-depth, intensive, and fun explorations of poetry, fiction, memoir, graphic novels, and more. Our lead teachers and supporting teachers are published, professional writers-of-color.
Each PageSlayers session takes place at The Thrive Innovation district (780 Fisherman Street, 2nd Floor, Opa-Locka, FL 33054). We employ published, professional writers-of-color. By sharing their work through performance and publication, these writers will be put in contact with new readers, building literary communities not only in Opa-Locka, but Miami as a whole. PageSlayers introduces students to writing styles outside of the standard elementary school curriculum, and provides a nurturing, supportive environment that encourages creative self-expression and positive experiences with reading and writing.
About our Readers
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz is a Kenyon Review Fellow and recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, two fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, and the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Essays, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The FADER, the Kenyon Review, Brevity, Gulf Coast, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Tin House, among other publications. This year, she will be a Writer-in-Residence at the Summer Literary Seminars in Georgia and Kenya.
Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor and Web Consultant at Obsidian Journal. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Millay Colony, Poetry by the Sea, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Chicago State University, and his poetry has been published in 2 chapbooks: Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012), as well as American Letters & Commentary, Drunken Boat, and more. He has had poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award.
Andrew Boryga is a writer based in South Florida. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and other outlets. He is a Michener Fellow in the University of Miami’s Master of Fine Arts program.
Dana De Greff holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Miami and has been accepted or awarded scholarships from the TENT, Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop and the Key West Literary Seminar. Her work appears in Philadelphia Stories, PANK, Origins Journal, The Boston Review, and the Miami Herald, among others. Currently, she is at work on her first novel, The Odyssey Hotel; set in modern-day Nicaragua, it follows two Miami actors filming a biopic on Puerto Rican baseball legend, Roberto Clemente.
With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.