SERIOUSLY INVOLVED STUDENT MATINEE
“To stand in front of young people and tell a story was a much needed reminder that oral tradition, and face-to-face human connectivity is not only still cool, but also still necessary.”
— Jason Reynolds, author, All American Boys
As part of House of SpeakEasy’s commitment to connecting writers and audiences in innovative ways, our Seriously Involved charitable work includes the SpeakTogether and SpeakFreely programs that are essential components of our organization’s nonprofit mission. These initiatives are intended to offer students and teachers opportunities to engage directly with SpeakEasy’s writers and performers to experience first-hand the transformative potential of literature.
We invite our writers into schools in underserved communities to share their stories, explore the power of literature, and workshop writing assignments with students. The goal is to make literary works, and their authors, accessible, and to help students feel confident about expressing their ideas as well as to level the playing field for those hoping to go on to college.
On January 30, we hosted our first-ever Seriously Entertaining Youth Matinee designed specifically for high school students, featuring four amazing writers who shared personal and unique stories about about what made them writers and about what lies ahead as they “Turn the Page”:
If you would like to make a donation in support of our Seriously Involved charitable programs, you can do so here.
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David Friend joined Vanity Fair as editor of creative development in 1998, after serving as Life magazine’s director of photography. Friend is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11. He has won Emmy and Peabody awards as an executive producer of 9/11, a CBS documentary that aired in 140 countries. Friend has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, in Lebanon, and throughout the Middle East. He has organized numerous photography exhibitions, including “Vanity Fair Portraits, 1913–2008,” which he co-curated with Terence Pepper, of the National Potrait Gallery, London. Along with Graydon Carter, Friend edited VanitySee More >