Nothing was ever made by human hands or realized in the intellect that was not first conceived of in the imagination. Imagination helps us to recognize challenges and overcome them. It helps us to see possibilities and turn them into realities. Asking “what if?” is how art, science and philosophy begin. Founding authors of imaginative fiction such as George MacDonald and J.R.R. Tolkien worried that we become so used to the world around us that we cease to wonder at it, cease to question it and may even cease to know its worth. Their antidote was the imagination. At Grey Havens YA, people in grades 6-12 explore the imaginative works of great authors and create their own.
This blog is only one example of what our members can create and what is possible for young people with imagination!
Are you interested in being a part of Grey Havens YA? We are so much more than a book group, and if you are a nerd, you are part of Grey Havens YA. Please click here for more information.
When we do talk about books, this is what it looks like.
Do you want to bring Grey Havens YA programming to your community? Check out our new page all about what we have to offer!
Grey Havens YA is the young adult and family branch of The Grey Havens Group, Inc, a local nonprofit. Right now, the organization runs on a 100% volunteer staff of some delightfully wonderful nerds. Help us to grow!
Executive Director: Kelly Cowling aka badgaladriel (right) founded the Grey Havens Group in 2010 and was inspired to create a second group for young adults to discuss the works of fantasy and the imagination. In November 2013, Grey Havens YA was born, and Kelly has high hopes for the group’s future. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her particular interest is the relationship between the works and lives of the Oxford Inklings and contemplative practice.
Deputy Director: Robyn Bosica aka evermind (left) works alongside Kelly to plan events, facilitate discussions, and moderate the group’s internet presence. Robyn has been working with young adults in community events, theater programs, and service trips since 2008, and she is thrilled to be a part of a group as awesome as Grey Havens YA. Robyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Writing from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her particular interests include creative nonfiction, science fiction, and the intermingling of literature and identity.
Robyn is the recipient of the City of Longmont’s 2014 “Make Time for Kids Award” for her work with Grey Havens YA.
Who is Círdan? Círdan the Shipwright was one of the last elves in Middle Earth, and he built the ships that sailed from the Grey Havens into the West. Sometimes, the wise elf posts on our behalf, leaving important notes for our readers.
Grey Havens YA is a part of the larger Grey Havens Group, Inc. The Grey Havens Group is a non-profit literacy association based in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, contact us here and follow us on twitter @GreyHavensYA. Want to give to our efforts? Please click here. Remember, it’s how you love it! Thank you for joining us in this exciting new adventure.
Photos by Grey Havens Group member Steve Eggleston. Drawings by Grey Havens Group artist Donna Clement.