GLA Workshops empower the next generation of female leaders

There is a commonly held assumption that women are given equal treatment because of the great strides made by social change movements of the last few decades, but somehow women are still rewarded for silence. We are changing that one Grrl at a time.

Workshop participant Zamzam Hirsi talks with Dr Cornel West at a special reception, UA Centennial Hall

Her Power. And Ours.

a response to The Wonder Women film

premiered at The Loft Cinema, Tucson, in '12


Works-in-Progress or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love

A short film on media, sex, sexuality & self image

a response to Miss Representation

the film screened at at The Loft Cinema, Tucson

view it here

Grrls' mentor Jamie Lee with Aida Villareal-Licona

& Marigold Hall. photo by Kimi Eisele


Grrls Marigold and Aida rally with youth from California and Tucson YWCA's Nuestro Voz program at Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2011 in Sacramento.


WHO WE ARE: GRRLS are female-identified or trans individuals ages 14-20. We explore social and community issues, develop our voice, write, read out loud, take photographs, and present our words and ideas to the public.

Our writing, our art, our voices matter.

We are part of the community. We are social activists.

THE GRRLS STATEMENT: In the spirit of fostering a new generation of diverse, confident, independent-minded and creative artists/citizens/leaders, the Kore Press Grrls Literary Activism Program empowers youth with the skills necessary to express themselves on social issues that matter to them as citizens. Grrls are potent sources of change.

READ MORE: Learn about the program's components here and read workshop guidelines and goals here. View past work from the Grrls in the form of blogs from the Spring 2009 workshops, the Spring '08 workshops, or a piece entitled "How to Treat Your Minority Students" by Sophia Licona on Kore Press' blog, Persephone Speaks. Read "Poet Power" a Tucson Weekly article about the Grrls.




WORKSHOP FACILITATORS & GRRLS MENTORS: The workshops are facilitated by established women writers, videographers, and artists. Past and present Grrls facilitators include:





The Grrls Literary Activism Program has been supported in part by the Tucson/Pima County Arts Council, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and through appropriations from the National Endowment for the Arts, various private foundations including the Every Voice in Action Foundation, individual donors like Pam Grissom and the Arizona tax credit donors, and in partnership with City High School.


AZ residents --- Help the cause! You can donate your annual AZ State tax credit to support the next generation of female leaders through the Kore Press Grrls Literary Activism Workshop. Read more here.









Help support a grrl with your year-end AZ tax credit!

You can donate your annual AZ State tax credit to support the next generation of female leaders through the Kore Press Grrls Literary Activism Workshop in partnership with City High School. Read more here.



Explore community involvement

through art activism, editorials, video and radio broadcasts, public readings, city council meetings, interviewing officials, journalists, artists, and more! Learn the history of engaged citizenry and how you can carry it forward to make your change in the world.

Find a mentor


Apply now. Our programs are free

and excellent opportunities for creative writing and social activism. Click here to view last year's application (in PDF format, or Microsoft Word) and e-mail us to let us know of your interested in participating.




"Developing my voice is activism." -- Carrie

"My writing is less BS and more what I personally want to say... My social skills have improved as well as my writing skills." -- Emily

"I love speaking out." -- Edward

"I realized self experience and expression...are a form of activism." -- Robin

"I feel more capable of being involved, and using my words and creativity to make change." -- Miki




Spring '09 Grrls billboard projects




The original Grrls logo is a paper collage created by Piper Conrad, then a junior at City High School, during our first pilot year in 2005.