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Frances Saunders
As a Writing and Literature student, Frances L. Saunders'05 traveled to Ghana and directed an educational video about the trip. At Smith College in Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelors's degree in African-American Studies, Frances put her writing and filmmaking skills to work, directing and producing a documentary on the current climate of diversity on Smith's campus.

BMCC's student writers don't just learn about words--they live them.

BMCC Writers Guild

The BMCC Writers' Guild is an organization for students interested in all forms of creative writing and/or journalism. It's a place for writers to come together and share their work, meet fellow writers like themselves, and participate in activities and events having to do with the craft of writing (e.g. invited speakers within the writing profession, open mic events, etc.). All students are invited to join the Writers Guild, which meets Wednesdays from 2 - 4pm. The Writers Guild also publishes a journal of literature and art, The Guild. All students are invited to submit their work.

Nuyorican Poets Café

Nuyorican Poets CafeNuyorican Poets Café, a legendary hotspot for outside-the-mainstream music, theater, and poetry (more than 100 poetry slams a year!). BMCC students test their poetic mettle on the stage that launched the careers of Tony winner Sarah Jones, Tony and Grammy winner Reggie Gaines, and spoken-word performer Archie the Messenger.

Reading their own poetry aloud before an audience teaches students the importance of poise, authenticity, and careful preparation in presenting their ideas to the public.

Poets House

Poets House, a literary center and poetry archive (45,000 volumes!) with a new home two blocks from campus. BMCC students and faculty enjoy free admission and private sessions at programs featuring prominent poets. Poets House also offers internships and special access to its research facilities to BMCC students. And BMCC and Poets House are collaborating to launch a series of monthly events—like talks on Emily Dickinson, the Harlem Renaissance, and women poets of the New York School—at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

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