Sarah Vap speaking to students at La Joya Community High School during YWP's 2010 Distinguished Visiting Writers in the School Series.

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An advocate for juvenile justice and prison reform, R. Dwayne Betts, met with students at Adobe Mountain High School, a juvenile correctional school in the Phoenix Union School District.

R. Dwayne Betts

Kimiko Hahn signing autographs and speaking with students at La Joya Community High School.

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250 Valley high school students are an enthusiastic audience for Poet Laureate Charles Simic.

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Poet Tony Barnstone and musician John Clinebell launched the 2011 Distinguished Visiting Writers in the Schools Series with a performance for 300 La Joya Community High School students. “Stuff like this is really encouraging to young artists. Art is one of those things that’s always fun.” —La Joya student, Bridgett S.

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It was truly a privilege to work with the students and teachers in the Young Writers Program.  The students were engaged, energetic, and eager to perform their work. They took risks, surprising each other, themselves, and even me. What an abundance of talent and promise in one room! —Denise Duhamel

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Poetry Out Loud has opened my eyes to the world of poetry, both as a spoken and written art form, and I would encourage everyone, poetry skeptic and enthusiast alike, to get involved.—Matthew Kaplan, Arizona POL, 2014 Champion

 

 

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Congratulations to all Northern Region 2014 Poetry Out Loud students this year! 

Northern Region Students

Young Writers Program Arts Learning Residencies for 2014 include programs at Maryvale High School, Gateway High School, and C. O. Greenfield Elementary School. 

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POL Northern Region, 2014
Poetry Out Loud

The Young Writers Program also coordinated the 2014 Poetry Out Loud program for the Northern Region.

Leah Weinzinger from Coconino High School, Lily Davis from Sedona Red Rock High School, and Willy Torres from Kingman High School. Lily Davis was not able to attend the state competition, so Adriana Hurtado, the runner-up from Miami High School, along with Willy Torres and Leah Weinzinger represented the Northern Region at the state competition on March 15, 2014. Congratulations to Leah Weinzinger who won 2nd place at the state competition!

 


POL Central Region, 2014
Poetry Out Loud

The Young Writers Program coordinated the 2014 Poetry Out Loud program for the Central Region. Matthew Kaplan from Tesseract High School, Shaylin Renfro from Mesa High School, and Denis Healy from Brophy Preparatory won the March 8 competition and  competed at the state level on March 15, 2014.

Congratulations to Matthew Kaplan who won the state competition and represented Arizona at the national finals in Washington, DC in April, 2014.


Young Writers Program (YWP) is a 4th–12th grade arts-based, standards-aligned creative writing outreach program with a focus on serving underserved communities. YWP provides the K-12 community with trained teaching artists and other arts-based resources to improve student writing. Through key partnerships, YWP connects talented Master of Fine Arts students from ASU’s Creative Writing Program with Arizona’s k-12 community.