Monthly Archives: December 2017

Years

Years by Amiria (8th grade) The year that had passed Has been a year of heartbreak And shock for the things that May happen to minorities The year where all hope has been loss Even when the people we trust are telling us to hold on The year where people don’t know what to do…

Winter

Winter by Parthiv L. (6th grade) He looked out at the snow and ice, As a cold wind whistled winter Through the door, bringing hope Of making a real-life snowman, A special friend for a lonely boy, At least in his world it was so. He ran out of his room and leapt so High, sliding…

May My Heart Be Strong

Welcome to May My Heart Be Strong, an anthology of writing by the sixth-and seventh-grade students of IS 187-Hudson Cliffs School in Manhattan. It was completed during a ten-week residency from December of 2016 through February of 2017 for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. In Ms. Linehan’s classroom, we used ancient Egyptian poetry to help students…

Writing With Serenity 

By Nancy Barnhart Serenity was her name. She was five years old and named after the Serenity Prayer, words I imagine countless Houstonians recited as a daily, sometimes hourly, mantra as we faced epic flooding in our city: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I…

Creating a Refuge with Stories

By Joshua Nguyen I originally came back to Houston the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit because of a Coldplay concert. I was planning to surprise my partner with the tickets, but the concert was soon cancelled when the storm began to bear down on the city. I was staying at my partner’s apartment near the Museum District,…

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