Event Announcement: A Benefit for NoMAA (the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance), Sunday, March 6th, 4PM


Join Sunday Best for a NoMAA Literary Grantee Showcase


Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson (courtesy of the writer)

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, actor and filmmaker whose plays have been developed at such places as the Roundabout Theatre and Crossroads Theatre. The Christine Toy Johnson Portfolio, an anthology of her work, is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. www.christinetoyjohnson.com.




Lola Koundakjian

Lola Koundakjian (photo courtesy of the author)

Lola Koundakjian serves on the editorial board of Ararat, an Armenian-American Literary Quarterly. Her poetry has appeared on the web and in print in the US, Canada, Armenia and Lebanon. For the past 20 years, Lola has organized evenings dedicated to the Dead Armenian Poets’ Society and since 2006 has produced and edited text and audio for the Armenian Poetry Project. She has read in venues in NY, RI and LA, and her work was translated into Spanish for the 20th International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia, where she read in July 2010. http://Armenian-poetry.blogspot.com.



Danielle Lazarin

Danielle Lazarin (photo from Fiction Writers Review website)

Danielle Lazarin’s fiction has appeared on FiveChapters.com, in Boston Review and Michigan Quarterly Review. A graduate of Oberlin College’s creative writing program, she has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. She recently moved back to her native New York, where she is at work on her first novel.



Will MacAdams

Will MacAdams (photo courtesy of the author)

Will MacAdams creates original plays inspired by local stories. Recently, he worked with farmers, farm workers, dancers, and other residents of Warwick, NY to create Water and Stone, a performance poem about land and community change. Past projects include Eye to Eye, an original play about racism and youth-police relations, created with future police officers and young people from New Haven, CT; and Cruising the Divide, an interview-inspired play about race, class, and the celebration of the Kentucky Derby. He is a past recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. He teaches theater in City College’s Center for Worker Education.


NoMAA’s mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan. Their programs and services include the Regrant Program, Technical Assistance Institute, Uptown Arts Stroll, NoMAA Gallery and Artists’ Salon. More at www.nomaanyc.org.


As always, this event will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Avenue at West 183rd Street.  A suggested contribution of $7 covers the performance, drinks and snacks, and the after-reception where attendees have the opportunity to meet and talk with the writers.  This month your contribution will benefit NoMAA, which provides invaluable support, networking, and educational services to artists who live in Washington Heights and Inwood.


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