Tomorrow's Barrio Writers publication party gets noticed in the OC Register:
SANTA ANA – Over the past 12 months, Joana Ayala has blossomed from a high school senior interested in writing into a budding artist and published author intent on exploring the world around her.
She credits much of the transformation to Barrio Writers, a creative-writing program she enrolled in last June that encourages at-risk teens to grow by exposing them to higher education, the written word and the cultural arts.
On Saturday, Ayala and her classmates will share their musings – which have been turned into an anthology – during a book reading and signing in downtown Santa Ana.
"It was eye-opening in that it really showed me I can do anything if I choose to pursue it," said Ayala, 18, of Santa Ana.
Sarah Rafael Garcia, 36, started the free program last year to help local youth express themselves and affect change in their communities....
..."Barrio Writers shows the writing process is really instrumental in opening people up, not only to express themselves, but to care about what's out there," said author and OC Weekly columnist Gustavo Arellano, 31, who gave a guest lecture during the program.
Organizers are busy gearing up for this year's session, which begins June 26, by recruiting new members and seeking monetary and in-kind donations...
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(pictured: Sarah Rafael Garcia -photo from OC Register)
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday June 5
Where: Calacas, 324 W. Fourth St., Suite B, Santa Ana
Cost: Books are $20 and are for sale at Calacas
Information: 323-972-6980 or barriowriters.blogspot.com