Kim Euell, playwright and artist in residence in theater for the past two years, has been named a Core Writer and member of the faculty of VONA (Voices of Our Nation Arts foundation).
The core appointment is for a three-year term. The Core Writer program at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis provides play development workshops and professional support to 25 to 30 playwrights from across the country over a three-year term. Work by core writers composes the center’s public season (the PlayLabs new play festival in October and the Ruth Easton New Play Series December through April).
The mission of VONA is to develop emerging writers of color through programs and workshops taught by established writers of color. VONA’s values are a commitment to artistic excellence, social justice, and empowering the community of writers of color.
VONA was named one of the top 10 writing conferences in North America by The Writer Magazine and has been nurturing writers from diverse backgrounds for 18 years.
The VONA annual workshop for writers of color took place in June and July at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
VONA’s faculty is made up of some of influential writers, including Junot Díaz, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Reyna Grande, Marjorie Liu, Faith Adiele, David Mura, M. Evelina Galang, Willie Perdomo, Ruth Forman, Bich Minh Ngyuen, Tananarive Due, Kiese Laymon and Elmaz Abinader.