Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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Congratulations to the Young Authors of 122Q!

From the introduction to The Thirst of Life, anthology for the writing residency at 122Q. This school year, 2016-2017, has been my 16th sea­son of teaching creative writing at PS 122Q, the Mamie Fay School, in Astoria, Queens, New York. It has, once again, been my distinct privilege and pleasure to teach the wonderful 6th-graders…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 457X!

My Favorite Word is Love is an anthology of poetry by the second-grade students of Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders 457X. The title comes from a poem by Gregory Rodriguez where he envisioned spring having a favorite word—love. For twenty days, students learned about hyperboles, personification, metaphors, alliteration, similes, line breaks, syllables, and haikus.  The…

The World Had Gone Mad

A Year Without Rain by Brianna (11th grade) The year. The worst year in living memory. Nothing happened at its proper time. It seemed as if the world had gone mad. The first rains were late. The blazing sun returned, more fierce than it had ever been. The earth burned like hot coals. When the rain dried…

May My Heart Be Strong

The Place of Hope by Mexx (6th grade) May I be able to see the world in just one leap. May I have water, Kryptonian DNA, and the bright yellow sun. May I return to the home where I lived happily with my family. May I have a heart that never gives up. Please don’t…

Zee and Maddox

New Eyes and the Traveler By Zee Always a goofball. Always seven years older than me. And he always treated me as equal. My brother had a way with dramatic humor and pungent exaggeration, and he said the most random things out of the blue that made you frown in confusion and at the same…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of IS 392

This residency was made possible by Leonore Gordon PD Arts and Wellness on the Go Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation On my first day at IS 392, I began by asking students what a poem is. There’s more to poetry, we discovered, than just a collection of lines. This anthology holds the past, present, and future of…

Jazz Poems

Jazz Poems Written in response to listening to “Milestone” by Miles Davis   by Ashley (4th grade) Penguins bopping up and down quacking like crazy because they can’t stop Bright orange floating all around Full of color, full of life Summer coming, full of fun Life, life, life, it’s all quite crazy People soar… on…

Crouching Lion, Marble Statue

by Felix O.  (6th Grade) Striding down the museum halls, head turning side to side, breath trapped inside my bones, happiness swelling beyond measure, I come to the masterpiece itself. It growls at me It measures me, It POUNCES! Slowly dusting myself off, rising from the pearly marble ground, I come face to face with…

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