I was ecstatic when I received notice that I had won the Safe in the City Grant! I read through the details and learned that I would be granted $1000 to host my event The Red Hook Poetry Expo. The Expo would provide a safe space for Red Hook residents to share their poetry, prose, and words of inspiration. It would also double as a launch event for my book of poetry, Reflections!
After weeks of planning and preparation, the day had come. I stood in the event space, nervous yet hopeful. In all about 30 people showed up. It was a blessing to look out into the audience and see familiar faces and loved ones.
The event started with a welcoming address and featured poets. We then moved on to the open mic and closed with a Soul Train line. The event, the people, the feel, was magical.
I am grateful!