Student Writing

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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…

Resentments

By Rebecca Rikleen Rebecca Rikleen has been in the Writing from Life Experience Workshop at Morningside Retirement and Health Services for well over two decades. In recent years, she has begun writing about her aging, health, and struggles to keep alive her many interests in traveling around New York City. The Writing from Life Experience…

“Where I’m From” Poems

Assignment: Students used their personal histories and along with their poetic voice to create image-driven poems based on where they are from, who they are, and who they want to become. —Emily James, teacher Where I’m Fromby Mikayla I am from Harman Streetfrom the family everyone knows,the part of Brooklyn not everyone likes.The warm hugs…

Poems

by Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony was a participant in T&W’s visual arts workshop at the SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center in Brooklyn. In addition to creating and artist book during the workshop, Joey is a poet. Teachers & Writers Magazine is pleased to share some of his poems with our readers. A Rose Roses are the…

Opening Up

by Meek Thomas This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.     Ms. Sears, our school’s guidance counselor, greets me with a smile—protocol, I’m guessing, because no one is ever that happy, especially not someone whose job is to…

House in the Snow

House in the Snow by Nathaniel U. (6th grade) The house is warm and inviting the fireplace alit and wafting the bittersweet smell of smoke into my nose the snow a white blanket draped over the mountains and houses is cold yet makes you feel warm inside the ski rack is frosted over with flakes…

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