M. Nzadi Keita, associate professor of English and Creative Writing, has been awarded a Leeway Foundation grant to run a memoir-writing workshop this summer.
The Toni Cade Bambara/Germantown Stories Project will serve adults and youth who have ties to Germantown, an area of Philadelphia where Keita is a native and resident. The project will run for four weeks in June and culminate with a community presentation in the fall. Named for the late fiction-writer-screenwriter-essayist-activist who spent her last years in Germantown before her death in 1995, Keita also chose to honor Bambara because her writing (editor of The Black Woman anthology; author of The Salt Eaters, Gorilla My Love, and other works) focused on the voices, lives, and struggles of urban people.
Keita’s project is supported by the Germantown Arts Roundtable and the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant, which provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.