Thursday, August 12, 2010
A Bantu Reading
Last night, several volunteers and I completed the summer writing program at Central Village for adolescent Somali Bantu writers. These are young men and women who came every wednesday night to explore short fiction, personal writing, poetry, interviewing, script-writing and art. Under the stellar leadership of our fearless captain, Robbi (the hugged deity in the center of this entourage), the students read their best pieces last night before their summer writing is sent off to press (a Bantu Zine). Some of their phenomenal work will be traveling around town on Centro buses, as well, demonstrating and welcoming the ever-changing Central New York community.
Karma works in magical ways when one is surrounded by youth. The power of words cannot be described accurately, nor can the strength of what these young people bring to Syracuse. Their energy, humor, drive, ambition and zest for life will surely be missed on Wednesday evenings. Well, at least the ways it has been centralized in one place this summer.