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Selection Panel Names Two Prince William Poet Laureates

Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas Share Honors

For the next two years, Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, a novelist, poet and English teacher at Osbourn Park High School, and Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas, an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University will share the position of Prince William Poet Laureate.

Solidarity with Bangladeshi Workers

NWU-DC Steering Committee member Tim Ryan is the Solidarity Center's Asia regional director. He recently visited the center's Bangladesh office and partners with Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau, who penned the following note.

Dear colleagues,

In February, I had the enormous honor of meeting dozens of brave Bangladeshi garment union members and organizers. My discussions and interactions with them were inspirational. And in a room full of new union members near Dhaka, I could feel the power and the pride they had, knowing that they could finally make a difference at their factories, and in their communities.

AFL-CIO Seeks Volunteers for DC-Area Naturalization Workshop

The AFL-CIO is working with local community organizations and worker centers to offer a naturalization workshop—help green card holders apply for citizenship—on Saturday, June 28th in DC. "We are looking for local unions and members who are interested in volunteering at this event, as well as finding union members who may be eligible to naturalize and might benefit from this service," says Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez, Assistant to AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Reach her at KRodriguez@aflcio.org.

AFT, First Book-DC Distribute 40,000 Free Books for Low-Income Kids

The AFL-CIO Metropolitan Council reports that the American Federation of Teachers and First Book-DC, along with other partners—including Washington Teachers Union Local 6 and the Metro Washington Council—distributed 40,000 free books to Washington, D.C.–area public school educators and representatives of more than 200 community groups that serve children of low-income families.

Chair's Corner: A Friendly Reminder from Your NWU-DC Chapter

For members, we post job listings. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan region is far-flung, and our members' interests and job skills fall on a broad range of the writing spectrum. So we try to post and/or link to as many viable area job openings and other writing gigs as possible, the ones that don't appear in the classified ads. So this is a friendly reminder: Return to the chapter web site, read the chapter newsletter, and remember to keep checking. We post new links and openings as they arrive, and quite a few are open-until-filled positions.

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Events

Free College Admissions 101 Webinar

A lot of the information families hear from friends about getting into college is just plain wrong. So Collegewise, the admissions division of The Princeton Review, created this seminar to help give you the right answers to your college admissions questions.

Join Union Plus for a free 1-hour session on Tuesday, July 15 to learn:

  • What are colleges really looking for?
  • Are grades, test scores and activities all equally important?
  • What other factors are considered during the admissions process?
  • And more!

John Feffer's Interrogation at Capital Fringe Festival

A new dark comedy about surveillance and interrogation by NWU-DC member John Feffer, the creator of the Fringe hits Krapp’s Last PowerPoint, Edible Rex, The Bird, The Pundit and The Politician. “Feffer is a brilliant writer and performer,” says the Washington City Paper.

Details at Capital Fringe Festival and John Feffer's website.

Call for Entries: Shelf Unbound Writing Competition

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

Details at Shelf Media Group.

Jobs

Jobs are listed as a service to NWU-DC members. If you are an NWU-DC member, register or log in to view complete listings.

Editor - Microfinance Gateway Migration (French)

We are looking for a bilingual (French/English) consultant to support the migration plan and drive the migration efforts for the French Microfinance Gateway site, Portail Microfinance. Working with CGAP's Web Project Manager and the Microfinance Gateway's Business Manager, the consultant is expected to work with a range of people from writers, microfinance specialists, IT specialists, developers, information architects, and designers to ensure the organization's content and ideas are translated into our Web site priorities.

Press Secretary, Spanish Language, Human Rights Campaign

The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is a regular, full-time position that reports to the Communications Director and is based in Washington, DC. The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is part of a team of specialized Press Secretaries whose workload is focused on assisting the Communications Director in aggressively ensuring HRC’s messages are placed in all forms of news media. All of the Press Secretaries offer strategic guidance and detailed execution of plans in their area of specialty as well as plan and implement long and short-term communications campaigns. This work is done through, but not limited to, responding to media inquiries, proactively pitching stories and editorials, and developing salient and creative messages.

Details at Human Rights Campaign.

Many other opportunities for writers and editors are available to members of the National Writers Union who register on this website. If you are a NWU member, please register or log in. If you are not a member, you should be. Go to nwu.org and click on Join or Renew.

Teen Writer Needs Help on First Novel

Anybody willing and able? Negotiate the price with the mother, who writes:

My high school aged daughter has been an avid reader and writer forever. Throughout the years she has written short stories, poems, articles for her high school and a novel. She is searching for a writer, someone in publishing , or with publishing experience, to read her novel and provide feedback and advice on "next steps." Is there anyone out there that fits this bill or knows of a willing person that has experience in this genre or giving teen writers guidance.