Apr 15, 2020 2020-04-15
My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, an initiative of the American Writers Museum (AWM), includes an immersive multimedia exhibit, a related program series, and in-depth educational experiences that all explore the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing in America on the culture, history, and daily lives of the nation. A new website is an extension of that initiative, bringing a select set of the exhibit material to a wider audience. The website has nearly one-third of the exhibit content, including more than 30 videos from a broad range of writers, such as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Edwidge Danticat, and Reyna Grande. It also includes freely downloadable student activities and resources for teachers and parents across the country to enhance their online learning efforts. My America gives students a deep and personal experience with contemporary authors who are immigrants, refugees, and second-generation immigrants from all parts of the world. The authors delve into questions about writing influences, multilingualism, community and family, as well as what it means to be American. The exhibit highlights writing in a variety of genres, including memoir, fiction, poetry, travel writing, songwriting, and screenwriting. Teachers can learn more about these writers by following the My America blog series. They will also find a full list of the featured writers and reading recommendations on the exhibit’s website.
Plus: AWM is running a contest for all high school students responding to the prompt “My America is …” with an essay, poem, or story of no more than 500 words. Three overall best prizewinners will be presented with $1,000 at AWM’s annual fundraising dinner on September 1, 2020. Entries must be received by May 31, 2020. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions and a grading rubric.