The Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program will host a two-part launch party for the latest issue of the Program’s literary magazine THE ATLAS on Thursday, August 15th in downtown Rock Island.

The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a Family and Friends Reception at the Rock Island Public Library Community Room. The interns will give a brief reading of their work, and the Tim Curry Outstanding Intern award will be presented to one of the interns. Then, at 8:00 p.m. the party will move down the street to Rozz-Tox, where the interns will read different selections from the magazine, giving audiences an opportunity to hear more work from the magazine brought to life at a different venue and in a more intimate setting.

The YEW Summer Internship Program is composed of students ages 15-19 who applied and were interviewed for the privilege of participating in this selective paid internship program. This summer, 17 interns from around the Quad City area participated in YEW, the most interns the Program has ever hired. YEW provides writing instruction in a variety of writing styles and processes, and develops professional skills in areas such as editing, collaborative project management, and magazine production and design. In 50 hours of meetings over seven weeks, the interns went from meet-and-greet to producing a high-quality literary magazine. This summer, the YEW program celebrates its 14th year and the release of the 14th volume of THE ATLAS.

Copies of new and back issues will be available for purchase at both locations. THE ATLAS 14 will be available for $10 at the launch, and all back issues of THE ATLAS only $5. After the launch, THE ATLAS 14 will be available at Exotic Imports in Moline, IL, at the Midwest Writing Center, and online. Please contact Ryan Collins for more information about the YEW Summer Internship Program, THE ATLAS, or this event: mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org, work: (309) 732-7330, cell: (309) 269-6569.

Funding and material support for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program and The Atlas generously provided by: the Scott County Regional Authority; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the CD Wiman Memorial Trust; the Doris and Victor Day Foundation; the Rausch Family Foundation I; the Moline Foundation; Moline Rotary; the Quad Cities Community Foundation Impact Grant; Total Printing Systems; Rozz-Tox; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.