Books of Hope
Books of Hope (BOH) is a literacy empowerment program that brings creative writing workshops to at-risk urban and immigrant youth in the communities where they live.
Founded in 1999 by author and educator Anikah Nailah in collaboration with the Mystic Learning Center and the Somerville Arts Council, Books of Hope (BOH) has published 125 books written by youth ages 13 to 23, containing poetry, short fiction, essays, plays, memoir, and hip-hop lit.
Youth are trained in four key areas: writing, publishing, performance, and entrepreneurship, and guided by professional writers and educators to write books. Since 1999, 125 books have been written by BOH youth authors that are available through local libraries and bookstores. Youth bring their work to the public through readings at schools and events. Annually they embark on the Mystic Ink Tour, a book release celebration of readings and book signings throughout New England. BOH's mission is to inspire the next generation of young authors.
For more information on Books of Hope or to purchase books, volunteer or offer your support, contact Soul Brown, Program Director at 617-640-0252 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Florence “Fluffy” Bergmann at the Mystic Learning Center, MLCenter@verizon.net.
Program in session meeting on Mondays and Thursdays at the Mystic Activity Center, 530 Mystic Ave.
For more information check out the program's site/blog, here.