Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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Our Stories, Our Working Lives

Marsha Gildin and Robin Bady Writers-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction Teaching artists Marsha Gildin and Robin Bady led a workshop at the Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center in Flushing, New York. The workshop focused on the theme “our working lives.” Participants learned storytelling techniques as they shared their stories with each other and at a culminating celebration….

In Your Own Words

Alicia Anabel Santos & Jonathan Hernandez Writer-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction When considering a name for our program and the anthology, we thought about something catchy – something that might stick and, hopefully, be embraced by the students. As we brainstormed, we went through a list of phrases and terms. “In your own words” is a…

Finding Freedom: An Everyday Mood

Amina HenryWriter-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction  It’s been a pleasure to work with students at John Jay High School of Law. For this residency we had a thematic focus on oppression and liberation, exploring the voices of those who have been oppressed while also exploring spaces of liberation. We read and discussed the exhilarating and thought-provoking…

A Hand Full of Poets – Student Writing from P.S. 457

Alba Delia HernandezWriter in Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction A Hand Full of Poets is an anthology by the second grade students at PS 457X, Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders.The title is a quote from Jemima’s poem, “I Celebrate Myself.” For twenty days, students discussed the poetry of famous writers like Kwame Dawes, Sandra Cisneros, Langston…

Here to Shine! Student Writing from P.S. 51

Matthew BurgessWriter-in-Residence, May 2019 Introduction  The title of this year’s poetry anthology comes from Rae-shon Sanchez’s amazing poem, “I Am.” First, we read “The Delight Song” by N. Scott Momaday as a class, and then we did a brief meditation: what are some things we might compare ourselves to? Once our ideas began percolating, I…

In The Borough of Poetry

Introduction Erika Luckert & Matthew Thompson Writers-in-Residence, February 2019 We began this year’s program with a poem by Brooklyn-born poet Martin Espada called “The Republic of Poetry,” where Espada imagines a world in which poetry is everywhere. The title for this year’s anthology was inspired by Espada’s poem, and by the enormous wealth of poetry…

Finding Freedom: An Every Day Mood

Student writing from John Jay High School of Law 10th Grade Students Amina Henry, Writer-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction It’s been a pleasure to work with students at John Jay High School of Law. For this residency we had a thematic focus on oppression and liberation, exploring the voices of those who have been oppressed while…

Poems by Soad

Vanessa Casco, teacher Assignment: Students read The BreakBeat Poets Poets Anthology and chose a poem to inspire them to create new work. Day 2 Poemby Soad This, we block and ignoreThis, we are blind to. The world has swallowed itself into rage and hate. Into warThis, where the jokes end.This, where the little boys are…

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