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Gracias to all Writers in Communities faculty who took part in our annual WIC training last Saturday. Thanks for all your support and all the work that you do!

 

…and to Xavier Garza ‏who created this lovely poster for the students. We hope you’re having a lovely reading summer!

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The Writers in Communities program is so appreciative to have taken part in this three-day poetry workshop with students at Davis Middle School, in collaboration with KLRN. The three-day, three-hour sessions, facilitated by our wonderful instructors, Joy and Vocab, sparked lots of excitement inthe students who produced AMAZING work! Read it for yourself by clicking on the link below.

See the broadsides up close at this link.

This poetry project was part of KLRN’s Black History Month programming. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise | Film Preview Screening & Poetry Slam takes place at The Playhouse San Antonio on Feb 15 at 7pm.  This is a FREE and family-friendly event.

 

 

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We gladly bring the voices of Ella Austin Community Center’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to the literary stage.

ascendI rose out of sadness, anger, and why.

 

I rose like a growing inner being.

 

I rose like the loaf, a new life.

 

I rose from not needing a safe place

and inside me was a brand new life

I had longed for a very long time.

 

Inside of me there was fear

that I did not know how to do this

until I saw the air blow the leaf away.

It was dry but it still had life.

 

Inside of me there is a free spirit

that will be as bright at the sun—

or my own true color.

 

From the WIC anthology Like a Phoenix (2008)

Photo courtesy of Bassi Baba

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