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Mistah Complaina

Mistah Complainas/Guest Editors meet one-on-one with our youth writers to introduce them to the revision process and give them feedback on their writing.

"Much like Superman emerging from a phone booth, your entire identity will change the moment you don the blue topcoat and trusted top hat. Like Superman, you will vow to use your new powers only for good, for the betterment of man. Unlike Superman, your new powers will not include X-Ray vision, super strength or the ability to fly. Instead, you will fight for the greater good using a silly accent, a youthful spirit and a ball-point pen. Playing the role of Mistah / Missy Complaina is one of the most rewarding positions a 916 Ink volunteer can accept. Mistah / Missy Complaina is a publisher (pronounced pooblisher) from the distant Republic of Meh

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who travels to the Kingdom of Sacramento to help young authors prepare their stories for publication. They sit down with each student one on one to discuss their work, and how they can expand their fanciful words into new, unexpected areas. 

The role is so rewarding not only because you get to provide feedback to students who are weeks away from becoming published authors, but also because you get to do it in a fanciful and ridiculous fashion the students are sure to appreciate. You can help a child write, bring a smile to their face and give them confidence...all without a fatal weakness to Kryptonite. Take that, Superman! "

Henry Stroud - Mistah Complaina