Student Poetry

Book Group Poetry (Youth and Adults)

In each book group session, we invite participants to explore their experiences and identities through writing. Open-ended prompts help connect the themes we discuss with the lives of our participants in a generative and nonjudgmental process.

Our approach to writing offers participants opportunities to put words on the page, whether they identify as writers or not. At the end of each year, we publish poetry anthologies for each group for all participants to take home. The text selection, design, and layout of these collections are carried out by book group leaders, who create beautiful work that allows the writings of participants to shine through.

Poetry Collection: How We Got Here
Publishing Date: May 2020
Cover Art: Sienna Gonzalez, “I Can’t Quite Remember My Dreams”

Seeing their poems in completed, bound form at the end of the year can give participants a sense of pride and excitement as newly published authors.

Seeing their poems in completed, bound form at the end of the year can give participants a sense of pride and excitement as newly published authors.

Seeing their poems in completed, bound form at the end of the year can give participants a sense of pride and excitement as newly published authors.

Seeing their poems in completed, bound form at the end of the year can give participants a sense of pride and excitement as newly published authors.

Participant Poetry

Sometimes I Wish I Were Still… by Nancy R.

Sometimes I Wish I Were Still… by Nancy R.

Sometimes I wish I were still…with my Tio and abuelita. How I miss when my tiowould bug me or mess with me. How I dearly miss my abuelitaand how she would hug me so tightlyand how funny she was. It’s amazing…how I can still feel their touchhow I remember everything...

My Anger by Aiyana J.

My Anger by Aiyana J.

My anger looks like a fire pit burning in the woods far from civilization. My anger sounds like a silent library, so quiet you can hear an ant run across the floor. My anger moves like the flames of a fire that got lighter fluid poured on them. My anger lives so far...

This Is My Chicago by Zahra

This Is My Chicago by Zahra

My Chicago is full of hope.Even if I lose all my hope,there is still a little light for meto stand up and keep moving. My Chicago is full of problems,but I won’t give up.I can see that daywhen I can be whatever I want.I can see that daywhen I will receive my dreamsand...

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