New Orleans-based writer’s collective and workshop
Writer’s Collective & Workshop
The Fort was built as a safehaven.
Four creators found a home in one another and began working together to allow our creations to flourish.
Together, we developed a true connection, a therapeutic outlet for our own ideas in efforts to impact, inspire, and tell the stories of others. This Fort we have built is both a firm statement of authority and a safe space in which to be vulnerable.
Our creation is done through workshops. We write on a range of open-ended topics like love, death, and power, and practice styles like tanka, rhyme, and free verse. We will soon open our group of four to serve the writing community of color; but we had to get our own ideas out first.
TRUE & LIVING:
Our First Release
We accomplished the purpose of this workshop when we self-published True and Living. In this group chapbook, we explore four themes from personal perspectives and hang them side by side. While our styles and word choices differ, we share a purpose: to express and create.
True & Living is a dive into poetry and prose from a contemporary Black perspective. We write explicitly about Romance, Art in All Forms, Resurrection, and Duality. As we explore our identities and these concepts, so do we explore ourselves and the depth of our craft.
Our words grow into feelings and honest conversation, unraveling the concepts of death, guidance, anxiety, love, balance, growth, and so much more. It is a scope of what is alive today and how real it all seems. We’re happy to share this with the public now, and look forward to workshop with other lovers of the craft in the near future.
About the Creators
João Amos is a New Orleans writer who started writing Slam Poetry at the New York UDUB Workshop after he evacuated from Hurricane Katrina. He returned to graduate high school where he received the Scholastic Silver Medal.
Baptized in the Mississippi River, Noone Nobody was born and raised in St. Louis. As a wordsmith and teller of stories, Noone is a master of fragments and run-ons using both to make sense of the realms of make-believe.
Sharita A. Sims is a New Orleans native raised in poverty and the Baptist church practice. As a poet, she commands the reader’s consciousness while devoted to provoking emotional response, thought, and intimate bonding within her culture.
Born in New Orleans, Tyree C. Worthy is a communicator by profession and writer by nature. He lives for the art of passion and the depths of what moves us all.