Emerging Writers

Where I Come From: Emerging Writers

The Poet and the Poem mini-series (2016-2017)

Emerging Writers

Our stories connect us, and yet so few know how to tell their personal narratives. Sponsored by FFC, “Where I Come From: Emerging Writers” focuses on the power of the written word to bridge cultures and identities, using poetry as a means of expressing thought from the heart to connect with others.

Each Emerging Writers radio show is a two-day project that introduces students to the gift of self-expression. The first day begins with a writing workshop held in schools. Students learn how to tell their personal narratives through poetry, then members of the writing group are chosen to represent their school. In the second session, those students record their poems for an episode of the “Poet and the Poem” on public radio.

“The Poet and the Poem: Emerging Voices” is a mini-series broadcast hosted by award-winning poet Grace Cavalieri. In past episodes, Cavalieri has interviewed poets such as Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg and Terrance Hayes, as well as national Poets Laureate including Rita Dove and Billy Collins. In Emerging Writers episodes, Cavalieri talks with the young workshop participants, discussing their creative processes and the life experiences that inform their poems.

While the main goal of Emerging Writers is the process, not the broadcast, students enjoy sharing their poems. Students benefit when a light is shone on their work, allowing the warmth of public appreciation to guide them along their paths. At the same time, the students’ stories and poems can inspire others who listen to the broadcasts.

Once a show has been edited by a professional sound engineer, the program link will be available on this page to any organization or media outlet for mass distribution. When all six 30-minute episodes are complete, the series will be distributed through the Pacifica Network to all radio stations and community stations that wish to air it, free of charge.

The series will also be archived at the George Washington University Melvin Gelman Library’s “Special Collections,” the University of Maryland’s Library of American Broadcasting, the Library of Congress archives and the Pacifica archives.

Schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that wish to participate in the workshops can email their request to ffc@futureofchildren.net.

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Episode: Washington International Academy in Alexandria, Virginia

April 27, 2016

7th Grade

7th graders

Listen to Audio Podcast (22:06 minutes)

Four seventh grade writers from the Washington International Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, voice their craft. The program’s featured writers are Shatha Awad, Noor Mohammed, Zayneb Rachidi, and Zayna Venable. The group poem ending the program is a result of ten writers offering one line of each their poems. The ten writers include eighth graders also practicing the art of poetry.

 

8th Grade

8th graders

Listen to Audio Podcast (23:04 minutes)

Six eighth grade writers from the Washington International Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, voice their craft. The program’s featured writers are Nooran Elmoustafa, Sumaiyah Fatima, Sumayya Gumus, Areebah Jahin, Aamenah Kabbara, and Hana Rahman. The group poem ending the program is a result of ten writers offering one line of each their poems. The ten writers include seventh graders also practicing the art of poetry.


 

Episode: Cardozo Education Campus

December 7, 2015

Listen to Audio Podcast (27:52 minutes)

The first episode of “Where I Come From: Emerging Writers” features five young writers from the Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, DC: Jaiho Masam (age 15); Nicholas Cary (17); Iyana Morgan (15); Kaitlyn Murphy (15); and Carina Urbina (11). Each student reads his or her poem, and speaks about the life experiences that led to that act of expression.

The recording concludes with a group poem, composed of single lines of poetry written by ten different Cardozo Education Campus poetry workshop participants. Those ten writers are Angelica Edwards, Jerome Clarke, Carina Urbina, Brianna Devine, Dechauna Johnson, Kaitlyn Murphy, Adaiah Brown, Iyana Morgan, Nicholas Cary and Jaiho Masam.

The writing workshop for this episode was held at Cardozo Education Campus on Dec. 7, 2015. The recording was completed at the Library of Congress the next week, Dec. 14.

Cardozo Education Campus was selected with the help of the nonprofit Communities In Schools. Communities In Schools is a nation-wide organization that helps bring community resources into public schools, where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. These resources help facilitate healthy relationships between students and adults, which in turn facilitate student success.

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Emerging Writers participants from Cardozo Education Campus recording their poems (left to right): Jaiho Masam, Carina Urbina, Iyana Morgan, Nicholas Cary and Kaitlyn Murphy. Standing behind the students are Cindy Maxted and Grace Cavalieri.

Emerging Writers participants from Cardozo Education Campus recording their poems (left to right): Jaiho Masam, Carina Urbina, Iyana Morgan, Nicholas Cary and Kaitlyn Murphy. Standing behind the students are Cindy Maxted and Grace Cavalieri.

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A Cardozo Education Campus student ponders his poem during the Emerging Writers writing workshop.