Wednesday, May 9, 2012


TOMORROW Thursday, May 10, we are having a bake sale and need volunteers. We have a table in the A building, outside the cafeteria, from 12-4. Let me know if you can sit at the table at any point during that time. Also, if you can bake something homemade to sell, that would be great! You can either bring it to Room B602, English & Speech between 11am and 12pm, or directly to the table in the A lobby at any time after that. Georgi will be there from 12-2, times until 4 are needed!

Secondly, we still need two members to volunteer for community service. This is to make sure that our budget is not cut! It doesn't take much time, and it's easy. Write to Georgi (at email above) and/or Professor Lemmon for details.

Thirdly, please write back to Professor Lemmon (with a cc to Georgi) if you are still interested in being in the club next year (and if you'll still be at FIT!). Also let us know if you would like to be Treasurer. Emma is going to be studying abroad in the fall, so we need someone new to take on the job!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fiction Writer/Google Technical Writer Greg Sanders, Tuesday 3/27!

Meet Fiction Writer and Google Technical Writer GREG SANDERS
Tuesday, March 27, 1-2pm, Room A321

Greg Sanders is the author of a book of short stories, Motel Girl. His work has been published in Mississippi Review, Opium Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and other magazines. He earned his MFA from the New School in 2004, lives in New York City, and earns his living as a technical writer for Google (formerly DoubleClick) in Chelsea.
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

From Page to Stage 101, Tuesday 3/20/12, 1-2pm Room D523

Our next special event is a wonderful workshop called "Page to Stage 101," featuring Taylor Mali and Marie-Elizabeth Mali.

The skills involved in writing a good poem are not identical to the skills required to perform a poem well, and the world is split between people who would rather hear a terrible performance of a brilliant poem and those who would rather hear a brilliant performance. Period. So let's say you've written a brilliant poem. Now what? Four-time National Poetry Slam Champion Taylor Mali, and Marie-Elizabeth Mali, co-producer of the Page Meets Stage reading series at the Bowery Poetry Club, have some tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you make your poems go in one ear of your audience. . . and stay there.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Poet Brendan Constantine! Thurs, March 8th, 1-2pm Room B309

For our first special event of the Spring semester, we're sponsoring a visit by poet, teacher, performer, and all-around awesome dude Brendan Constantine. He'll be in Room B309 from 1-2 on Thursday, March 8th to read some of his work and answer your questions in an informal "round table" style. He'll even give us a writing prompt to carry out our own creativity. Join us, and bring friends (and a pen)!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Welcome Back! Spring 2012

We're just getting started, and we have a lot of great things planned for this semester. For a sneak peek, scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out the calendar, and check back frequently for updates!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A New Day: Readings by Iranian and Afghan American Writers

Join writers Naheed Elyasi, Sedika Mojadidi, Zohra Saed and Sahar Muradi–along with Aphrodite Désirée Navab and Dena Afrasiabi for readings and conversation.

Presented by the English & Speech Department and FIT Words: The Club for Writers

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Fashion Institute of Technology (Cafeteria)

7th Avenue & W 27th St

New York, NY

Naheed Elyasi fled Afghanistan in 1982, three years after the Soviet invasion. Her family walked across the mountains into Pakistan, where they lived for one year before being accepted as refugees to the United States. Naheed grew up in North Carolina, where she studied Communications and Public Relations. After completing her degree at East Carolina University, she moved to Atlanta, where she studied Fashion Design. Her love for fashion brought her to New York in 1999, where she worked as an assistant designer at Maggy London and in the production department at Marc Jacobs. She eventually left fashion to pursue a career in not for profit, and joined School of Hope, an organization that raised funds for schools in Afghanistan. Naheed is currently the Director of Communications at the Council for Economic Education, and a contributing writer for Zeba Magazine.

Sahar Muradi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She and her family emigrated to the United States when she was three years old. She grew up in New York and Florida. Sahar received her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Hampshire College, and her M.P.A. in Interntional Development from New York University. Sahar has written extensively about her family experiences, as well as reported on current events in Afghanistan. Her writing has been featured in literary magazines, newspapers, as well as read on public radio. In 2003, Sahar returned to her native Kabul to work for two years. She helped coordinate a donor conference with the Foreign Ministry, as well as managed a small grant program for civil society development. She is currently a Program and Trek Coordinator for the international organization, buildOn. She lives in Brooklyn. She is co-editor of the first Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press, Fall 2010).

Zohra Saed received her MFA at Brooklyn College. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. Most recently in Gallerie International Journal: Afghanistan Ed. Bina Sarkar (India: 2009); The Crab Orchard Review (Summer/Fall 2009); and in Speaking for Herself: Asian Women’s Writings (Penguin India Books: 2009). She has performed as part of the cast of the legendary theater director Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements in 2000 and in 2007, where the ensemble caste performed at the first National Asian American Theater Festival. She is co-editor of the first Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press, Fall 2010).

Dena Afrasiabi was born in Shiraz, Iran (city of poets, wine and flowers). When she was two, the Iranian government imposed oppressive changes after the 1979 revolution, and her family fled to the U.S. in search of freedom. Finally settling in Chico, California, she grew up listening to her parents and their friends tell colorful stories about their lives back home. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and continued to write while working as a music librarian at Yahoo! in Santa Monica, California.

Aphrodite Désirée Navab is an Iranian Greek American artist and writer based in New York City (b. 1971, Iran). She uses visual art and writing to investigate transnational issues in art, education, cultural and women’s studies. The world premiere of her solo show, She Speaks Greek Farsi was in Athens, Greece before it traveled to Soho20 Chelsea. Navab’s creative nonfiction and fiction are published or forthcoming in Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, POWWOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience, Short Fiction from Then to Now, and other anthologies. She is currently writing Call Her Rudabeh, a novel about the sexual awakening of an Iranian American woman.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brendan Constantine 4/15

FIT Words Presents Poet Brendan Constantine

Thursday, April 15 from 1-2 in The Writing Studio, C612

Los Angeles native Brendan Constantine is the author of Letters to Guns (Red Hen Press, 2009), and his poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Review, Artlife, The Cortland Review, RUNES and LA Times Best-seller The Underground Guide To Los Angeles. He is the creator of Industrial Poetry, a workshop for adults and teens struggling with writer's block, and is currently poet in residence at Loyola Marymount University Extension, the Windward School in west Los Angeles and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Youth Writing program in Idyllwild California. He also offers classes at foster homes, hospitals, elder care centers and shelters for the homeless.

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