Time Warner Cable's New York City Region and Ovation are partnering with the 92nd Street Y to sponsor the Poetry Center Schools Project, a program that reaches 1,500 public high-school students annually.
The season kicks off Oct. 7 with singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and a reception at 92Y hosted by Ovation and Time Warner Cable prior to the evening's program.
Other writers to appear in the literary series include Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie and Maxine Hong Kingston.
This season, the Poetry Center Schools Project celebrates 22 years of bringing the literary resources of 92Y's Unterberg Poetry Center to 1,500 public high school students in 15 schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. The program combines classroom sessions that explore the work of leading contemporary writers with an opportunity for students to meet with the writers and then watch them read from their work on the stage of 92Y's 900-seat concert hall.
The program includes weekly creative writing workshops at 92Y, where students are empowered to use their own lives and experiences as inspiration for essays, fiction and poetry.
All components of the program, including transportation to and from 92Y, are free for both the schools and students.
Harriet Novet, regional VP of public affairs for Time Warner Cable's NYC Region, said in a release: "92nd Street Y is an iconic cultural and educational institution in New York City. Time Warner Cable's partnership with Ovation helps us continue one of 92Y's longest-running programs designed to bring a unique learning experience to young adults in the local community. In addition to supporting the Schools Project, this partnership will provide our viewers with a chance to see this wonderful program in action, through short documentary videos that will be made available to Time Warner Cable customers on Channel 1111 using our free On Demand platform."
"The 92Y Poetry Center program helps thousands of at-risk high-school kids connect with inspiring teachers and talent that will ultimately help them excel and hone vital skills for their future," Debra Balamos, VP of marketing at Ovation, said in the release. "This sponsorship provides Ovation and Time Warner Cable with the opportunity to support this exceptional program."