Anthony is co-founder of Cyclotron, a literary arts organization that focuses on writing, community and advocacy. Cyclotron is dedicated to supporting marginalized young adults with their creative writing, communication and thinking skills. Cyclotron's programs and workshops are structured around the idea that everybody is interested in learning, that people are creative by nature and that when you give a young person the tools and attention they need they will create beyond any measure and words.
Cyclotron's project-based approach gives participants ownership over the writing process and strengthens their ability to express themselves clearly and in their own voice. By making writing fun, and by creating various platforms, like collages and zines that celebrate their work, young people can obtain the necessary skills to think creatively, write creatively and, by extension, live creatively.
In a post-truth world, it is the storytellers and writers who will make all the difference. If we can redefine our stories, perhaps we can redefine how we live. Cyclotron's workshops conclude with a celebration of the participants' work. In the past, Cyclotron has worked with the Orangeville Public Library, The Caledon Public Library, the Probis Club of Brampton and Kerry's Place Autism Services.
A cyclotron is a device used to accelerate charged particles to high energies. Cyclotron wants to tap into the creative energy of communities and help create a need and desire to write, to share and to participate and contribute to the wider community.
Cyclotron also produces and publishes Extra Pulp, a local zine that aims to get people rewriting, and rewiring, traditional narrative forms. If you're interested in submitting something to Extra Pulp, drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.