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All Write!


A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain

Performed by Madeline Cohen, Philip Estrera, Crystal Dickinson

Evacuation Order No. 19 by Julie Otsuka

Performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

Wrong Channel by Roberto Fernández

Performed by Philip Estrera

Fiction Versus Nonfiction by Lois Beardslee

Performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye

Performed by Crystal Dickinson

How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam

Performed by Philip Estrera

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"Wrong Channel" by Roberto Fernandez. Collected in Micro Fiction (Norton). Copyright © by Roberto G. Fernandez.

"A Telephonic Conversation" by Mark Twain. In the public domain.

"Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things" by Naomi Shihab Nye, from Everything Comes Next (Greenwillow Books, September 2020). Copyright © by Naomi Shihab Nye. Used by permission of HarperCollins.

"Evacuation Order No. 19" from When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka, copyright © 2002 by Julie Otsuka, Inc. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

"Fiction Versus Nonfiction" by Lois Beardslee, from Words Like Thunder: New and Used Anishinaabe Prayers. Copyright © 2020, Wayne State University Press. Used by permission of Wayne State University Press.

“How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Copyright © 1964. All Rights reserved.

All Write! Funding Credits

The All Write! adult literacy program is generously supported by the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, the Lemberg Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. All Write! also receives support from an endowment established by the Steven Aresty Foundation. Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.


It’s a truly extraordinary moment to be here for the 21/22 Symphony Space season! We are so grateful to the independent venue operators who banded together to initiate the Save Our Stages campaign, which became the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Through the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer, and with bipartisan support from many Senators and Representatives, the creative community was bolstered by this special funding. All of us at Symphony Space extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every individual who recognized the unmistakable power and importance of the arts in this most critical moment.

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer*
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Madeline Cohen Education Director
Regina Larkin Manager for Education
Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward Producer of Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski Program Assistant, Literature and Education
Antonio Brown Intern
Mollie Gordon Intern

*In Memoriam

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