Updated: Aug 23
Renowned Poet and Best-selling Author Kwame Alexander Returning to Cultural Center
Alexander will lead a memoir writing workshop
For Immediate Release April 20, 2023 SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass – Kwame Alexander, the award-winning poet and best-selling author of 38 books, is returning to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to lead a memoir writing workshop. Applications are being accepted now through June. Alexander is also an educator, producer and contributor to National Public Radio. His newest book, a memoir titled Why Fathers Cry at Night, is being released May 23. His young adult novel in verse, The Crossover, is now a hit series on Disney +. “We all have a story to tell,” Alexander said. “But it’s not easy. Having just written a memoir, Why Fathers Cry at Night, I know how scary being so vulnerable is. I also know how cathartic and beautiful it can be when you open up and share. It's a liberating feeling that is almost rejuvenating. I look forward to coming back to Cape Cod and offering this workshop on memoir writing, so others can share their stories.” Alexander will lead the four-day day (Oct. 6-9) workshop for 17 emerging or established writers, ages 18 and older. The program will focus on both the craft of writing and the nuts and bolts of publishing, with an emphasis on memoirs. Each day will include a morning seminar with Alexander, special Zoom guest, Q&A session on publishing, writing time, sharing and feedback. Breakfast will be included. The workshop also includes a ticket to a special event where Alexander will read from his work. This will be Alexander’s second year leading a writing workshop at the Cultural Center. “Bringing Kwame to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod speaks to my belief that you don't have to be a large institution to be world-class,” said Cultural Center Executive Director Molly Demeulenaere. “When you have fewer zeros to worry about in your operating budget, you can push for excellence in ways that larger organizations often can't, with speed, agility and true responsiveness and reflection of your community.” Alexander will personally select the participants for his workshop by review applicants’ writing samples and letters of introduction. Learn more and apply at cultural-center.org/kwamealexanderworkshop. Download media photos of Alexander HERE. At the Cultural Center now, the exhibit “Art and Poetic Text,” featuring 48 artists from 19 states. Don’t miss the Poetry Marathon, with poets signing up for 15-minute slots throughout the day. Come to read or listen. Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our amazing sponsors, Cape Cod 5, Town of Yarmouth Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund, and Mass Cultural Council for their unwavering support of this exhibition and programming. Without their generous contributions, this event would not have been possible. We are truly humbled and appreciative of their commitment to the arts and the community. Thank you! Media contact: Leigh Blander | 781-718-3324 | firstname.lastname@example.org Museum contact: Molly Demeulenaere | email@example.com About the Cape Cod Cultural Center The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is a world-class, inclusive space that cultivates curiosity, creativity and cultural exploration through exhibition, arts education and life-long learning, and music and events. The Center welcomes more than 25,000 people a year to its five galleries, resident artist studios, performance hall, culinary arts center, recording studio, ceramics studio and makerspace. In 2023, the Cultural Center will host more than 600 classes and 65 concerts. Learn more about the Cultural Center of Cape Cod at www.cultural-center.org.