Last fall, Libros Schmibros started the Young Writers Program to inspire a new generation of writers in Boyle Heights. The program brings professional writers to the classroom to mentor students on developing their literary voices. Last fall, Abel Salas, editor of the local magazine, Brooklyn & Boyle, worked with journalism students at Roosevelt High School to revive the student newspaper. In January, they published their stories in the first print edition of The Roosevelt Rough Rider in many years.
Earlier this year, the Young Writers Program continued with two new writers, Alex Espinoza and Emory Holmes II. Alex is working with students in Ms. Williams’ English class at Roosevelt High School, and Emory is working with students in Mr. Ball’s Creative Writing class at Mendez High School. Alex has published two novels, Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Leon. He currently teaches creative writing at Cal State LA. Emory has published works of journalism and fiction in numerous publications. His crime story “aka Moises Rockafella” was included in the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2006. Students at Roosevelt and Mendez High Schools are enjoying learning from Alex and Emory, and are currently hard at work finishing their own stories.
We look forward to reading their work and sharing their writing with Libros Schmibros supporters.