Student Organizes First Bellmore-Merrick Writer’s Festival

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After attending a writing workshop last summer, Calhoun senior Josh Aberman was inspired to create an event that “celebrates the written word throughout the school district and community.”

The school district’s first Bellmore-Merrick Writer’s Festival will take place on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Calhoun High School in the auditorium. Participants will read original poetry, fiction and non-fiction works.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Linda Opyr, a former Nassau County Poet Laureate.

Admission is $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for adults. There will be raffles, refreshments and anthologies for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to include the needs of low- and middle-income works in economic policy discussions.

In addition to creating support for the Economic Policy Institute, Aberman said he “would like to bring the community together in a night that celebrates literature and gives every student and teacher an opportunity to share their distinct voice.”

A solo student effort, Aberman did note that Kim Serpe, English chairperson and English teacher Jason Bolad have been supportive and helpful in creating this inaugural event.