The Yusef Salaam Writing & Healing Circle will premiere at Sister’s Bookstore and Cultural Center, 1942 Amsterdam Avenue, 156th St. We will write and read our works. There will be discussions about feelings reflected in each narrative: poetry, essay, letters, etc. Our goal is to engage, explore, and empower. To discover the restorative essence of self in our writings. To gain beneficial insights that enhance growth and development. The Circle opens on Oct. 7. Oct. 14. Oct 21. Oct. 28. 6:30PM-8:00PM. For info. 212-862-3680/646-318-6629.
Yusef Salaam is a Board Certified Chaplain Clinician and a retired English Professor (Bergen Community College, NJ). The author has led writing workshops at Harlem Nursing Home sponsored by Poets and Writers. He is a regular scribe for the New York Beacon. Hundreds of his articles have been published in the New York Amsterdam News, down beat, Essence, Black Enterprise, Muhammad Speaks, Final Call, and Muslim Journal. He was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss “Why White Fear Black Men.” He is former Co-Chair of the National Writers Union Steering Committee and a member of Harlem Neighborhood Writers. Salaam is recipient of the William Monroe Trotter Journalism Award, a New York City Council of New York Proclamation for his contributions as a Teacher-Writer, and an Intensive Writing Workshop Scholarship from the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. He and his wife Latifa (a cloth artist) were Writer/Artist In-Residence at Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color in 2018. Salaam is the author of the play (and book), “The Devil & Elijah Muhammad” and the children’s book, “Elijah Muhammad: Builder of a Nation.” He coordinated the panel discussion “Writing While Black” at the Harlem Book Fair 20019.The author has completed a poetry volume “The Holocaust of Enslavement” due for publication by the end of the year.