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- Marjan Naderi NowThis Her Interview, 2019

“I write because I know the narrative that I hold. I’m aware of how often the narrative of Afghan women, a Muslim woman is shoved to the back of the closet.”

 

Featured Work

"Learning My Name"

Split This Rock

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Poetry Champion in Nation's Capital

The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Our Words Our City

Amazon Prime

"Dear Again"

Mejgan Sediqzadah

 
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Awards & Honors

The following is a listing of awards and honors. 
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Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program (2020)

Selected through a lengthy and competitive process, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12, including graduating seniors (class of 2020) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing.

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nomination (2020)

Each year, 60 high school students from across the United States are nominated for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award through a week long evaluation judged by internationally recognized professional artists.

National YoungArts: Writing Winner (2020)

Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and professional development experiences working with renowned mentors, and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

D.C. Youth Poet Laureate (2020)


THE DC YOUTH POET LAUREATE PROGRAM AIMS TO IDENTIFY POWERFUL YOUTH POETS AGED 14-20 WHO HAVE A HISTORY OF ARTISTIC SUCCESS, CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND LEADERSHIP SPECIFICALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. CHOSEN APPLICANTS WILL UNDERGO AN EXTENSIVE INTERVIEW PROCESS AND PERFORM COMPETITIVELY IN THE GRAND SLAM FINALS.

D.C. Youth Grand Slam Champion (2019)

Awarded Annually to the Youth Poetry Grand Slam Champion of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Writers compete for a spot on the nationally recognized D.C. Youth Slam Team and later attend Brave New Voices representing D.C. 
*Hosted by Split This Rock.

Library of Congress
National Book Festival Poetry Slam Champion (2018)

Judged by nationally acclaimed authors, competing poets include the top 5 international youth poetry slam teams from Brave New Voices alongside the D.C. Youth Slam Team, all individually competing for the Slam Champion title.
*Sponsored by The Library of Congress.

1st Place Spoken Word:
D.C. Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (2017, 2019)

Annual Muslim Youth Spoken Word competition with 100-250 competing writers from all over D.C., Maryland, and Virginia high schools. Winners go on to compete at the Annual National Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (M.I.S.T).

2nd Place Hyperbole (2017,2018, 2019)

The largest annual youth poetry slam on the East Coast with over 250 competing slam poets.
*Hosted by Split This Rock Youth Programs

1st Place Northern Virginia Invitational Slam (2017)

Annual Poetry Slam inviting high school poets, writers, and performers from the Northern Virginia area.
*Hosted by Split This Rock Youth Programs and the Hayfield Secondary School Poetry Club.

1st Place DMV Louder Than a Bomb (2018)

Top 5 high school poetry slam teams in the D.C. metropolitan area compete annually at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.
*Sponsored by Split This Rock Youth Programs and Brian Hannon.

 

Previous Events + Links

The file below contains a list of previous works and collaborations.

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