Kya Publishing Adds Musical Literacy to Services

TORONTO, ONT (January 2019) - Toronto-based communications and publishing company Kya Publishing has added Musical Literacy to their list of available services for 2019. Their 6-week course will teach students to read music and understand the basics of music theory.

The course will be available in person to students in the Scarborough/Toronto area, or delivered online via interactive video conference for one-hour sessions. Instruction will be personalized to the individual student, whether a child beginners or adult novice; all sessions will cover the same topics, based on the initial student assessment.

Concepts to be covered will include (but are not limited to) reading music, music history, understanding musical terminology, scales, rhythm, and the composition of the musical staff.

"Musical literacy is a great tool to have," said Kya Publishing founder, and music instructor Stacey Marie Robinson. "For instrumentalists, singers, DJs, performers, or music lovers, havi…

Toronto Urban Book Expo to Return in the Spring of 2020

TORONTO, ONT (January 2019) - Kya Publishing's urban book fair, the Toronto Urban Book Expo, will return to the city in the Spring of 2020. The literary event, which began in 2014 in association with the Toronto Public Library, has since hosted nearly 100 independent and published writers, community organizations, and provided the opportunity for local book lovers to purchase original literature and meet with a range of authors from Toronto and across the U.S.

"We are committed to providing the best possible service for our participating writers as well as our book-loving patrons," said founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "Over the past five years we have collected data, feedback, recommendations, and aspirations from our participants, and are now dedicated to implementing improvements and brainstorming innovative ways to encourage literacy and increase independent book sales through the Book Expo."

While all writers are welcome to participate in the Toronto Urban …

Kya Publishing and Elevated Waves to Host Black Narrative Writing Workshop at Toronto Public Library

TORONTO, ONT (December 2018) - Canadian and American writers will connect this upcoming Black History Month at the Toronto Public Library's North York Central Branch, for the collaborative workshop with Kya Publishing (Toronto) and Elevated Waves (Cleveland) taking place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. "Writing the Black Narrative: How to Tell Your Cultural Story" will take place in the North York branch's e-Learning Lab.

"Join our interactive panel discussion with writers Stacey Ann Berry, Kamilah Haywood, Selwyn Jeffers, and Angelot Ndongmo, sharing experiences and strategies for writing culturally-specific narratives. Writers will also provide individual workshops and share tips and resources for starting, sustaining, and publishing writing projects in a variety of genres. Facilitated by Jameel Davis (Elevated Waves Publishing, Cleveland) and Stacey Marie Robinson (Kya Publishing, Toronto)."

Registration is now available throug…

Kya Publishing Author Kamilah Haywood to Present at Naked Heart Festival

TORONTO, ONT (October 2018) Kya Publishing author Kamilah Haywood will be participating in the upcoming Naked Heart festival at Glad Day Bookshop, Buddies in Bad Times, and 5Six2. The annual LGTBQ festival of words, features a range of 60 authors and presenters, and runs from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11. Kamilah will be featuring her third published novel "Diamond in the Rough: Part 2" through a panel discussion and also a reading.

The Festival will include a range of events featuring Jewell Gomez, Larissa Lai, Fatima Jamal, Lindsay Nixon, Kai Cheng Thom, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Shyam Selvadurai--a balance of new and returning presenters. The main session types include panels, workshops, and readings across the three locations, Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street), Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street), and 5Six2 (562 Church Street).

Glad Day Bookshop is the oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore, dedicated to stories of representation and f…

Kya Publishing Shares Online Resources for Writers

TORONTO, ONT (September 2018) - Toronto-based communications company, Kya Publishing, has expanded their website to include a range of resources for writers. The newly updated online hub will now also host writing tips, educational guides, and other niche-specific tools to assist cultural writers and communicators.

The website, which currently features musical products, an author directory, links to their research journal and other programs, in addition to their book sales, is designed to be a beneficial resource for cultural content creators who are looking for urban-specific writing tools or Canadian references.

Urban writing (based on experiences of the inner-city, as well as based on African-Canadian and African-American cultural trends) is essentially an independently supported industry, with limited resources available in educational institutions or formal instruction. The industry has primarily grown through grass-roots initiatives and self-published authors, and has developed…

Kya Publishing Launches Online Author Directory

TORONTO, ONT (August 2018) - Kya Publishing has just launched an online author directory featuring participants from their Toronto Urban Book Expo events from 2014 through 2018. The directory, which currently lists almost 100 writers, will serve to connect interested readers with a unique grouping of novelists, children's writers, poets, and non-fiction authors.

Hosted on the Kya Publishing website, under the event-specific Toronto Urban Book Expo page, the list of featured authors was created to complement the book fair experience. The directory gives readers and community members an extended opportunity to contact the writers, and also provides increased exposure for the artists and their products.

"We created the Toronto Urban Book Expo to support local authors, independent writers, and to provide international artists with access to a Canadian audience," said Kya Publishing's Stacey Marie Robinson. "As we continue to build our event, and increase community …

Kya Publishing Announces TORONTO URBAN BOOK EXPO Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONT (August 2018) - Kya Publishing has just announced the Board of Directors for their Toronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE). Since 2014, TUBE has hosted over 100 writers from across Toronto, Ontario, and visiting from the United States of America, in a book fair dedicated to urban literature and cultural texts.

"Over the years we have connected with so many talented and community-minded writers," said Kya Publishing founder, Stacey Marie Robinson. "With our new Board of Directors we will continue to brainstorm ways in which our Book Expo can best serve the writing community, provide exposure for independent and published authors, and also promote youth literacy and a love for reading."

The Board of Directors and their areas of responsibility are as follows:

Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II (Seattle, Washington) - Literary Festivals & West Coast Liaison

Jameel Davis (Cleveland, Ohio) - International Communication & East Coast Liaison

Jameel Davis serves as an advoc…