Renee Anderson's poetry project was to make a literary magazine of creative writing with students at her school.
Here's her description of what she did: "I made a flyer and shared it with my school to get students' attention at my call for submissions. Through email, I asked students to write any type of creative writing that centered around Black people/the Black community. However, the main theme and story could be about anything. I got a good mix of submissions about different topics like family, Black history, self-love, and Black queerness."
Renee's plan is to distribute the magazine first in her school, in time for Black History Month. She also plans to give copies to bookstores and libraries in her area, so that other people can enjoy the magazine. She used her YPIC prize money to print initial copies, with additional support from her school. She will continue to seek additional support so more copies can be printed.
Renee sent in a picture of everyone who contributed to Black Dragon. In the bottom row from left to right are Alexandria Rhodes, Sanitihia Tucker, Finn Myrick, and Genesis Pena. In the next row from left to right are Brielle Boykin, Serenity Bassett, Renee Anderson, and Amina Adeyola. In the last row from left to right are Owen Collins, Khepera Martin, and Emily Nation. (Marcel Rose and
Kiara Rowlings-Cole were absent when the photo was taken, but they are part of the project.)
Renee is an 11th grade student at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Chester VA.
Shawna Alston is one of our VA Young Poets in the Community, She'll be running this cool poetry workshop March 04, March 18, and April 15 (virtually/on Zoom). Check it out!
If you'd like to sign up, please fill out the Google Form here.
This past Saturday, 19 February, our College Undergraduate Winners were presented in part 2 of a 3-part program called "Changing the World, One Poem at a Time." For those of you who may have missed it, there's a recording you can view here— so proud of these young poets and their words, presence, and clear-eyed vision!
The third and final program in this series is scheduled for 2 April, Saturday, 4:00 PM EST. Links will be published closer to the date. In this program, the High School VA YPIC winners will be presented.
Our 24 Virginia Young Poets in the Community will be working to complete their public poetry projects on or by the end of June 2021. I'll be posting news and documentation on these as I get their updates. Stay tuned!