Fresh Off the Press: Our 2015 Publications

Check out our 2015 WritersCorps publications created by students from Sanchez Elementary School, International Studies Academy, the San Francisco Public Library, College Track-San Francisco, and the Juvenile Justice Center. We unveiled these amazing publications at our 2015 year-end event, WritersCorps WordStorm: A Celebration of Student Writing.

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(Left) A tour of the Mission murals through the eyes of young poets. Teaching artist: Annie Rovzar

(Right) Anthology of student writings about the journey of adolescence. Teaching artist: Sandra Garcia Rivera
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(Left) Sci-fi and fantasy stories, and the art and writing activities that inspired them. Teaching artist: Rose Tully.

(Right) Chapbook with poems that express the emotions, creativity, dreams, and challenges faced by incarcerated youth. Teaching artist: Maddy Clifford
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(Left) Postcard series created by Oasis For Girls students using metaphor, imagery and hand-lettering to create their unique postcard story. Teaching artist: Rose Tully

(Right) Chapbook that highlights the struggles and triumphs of being a teen through the lens of How To poems. Teaching artist: Maddy Clifford



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Poem of the Month: Uniendo Nuestras Fuerzas Para Destruir el Mal

Poem of the Month

Uniendo Nuestras Fuerzas Para Destruir el Mal

by Justin Gonzales, 10; Ronal Lovos, 10; Mario Sanchez, 11; Eric Sanchez, 11

La ciudad está

Se puede oír edificios explotando
y personas gritando

Estamos pensando,
como podemos ayudar el robot?

Todos estamos asustados

Que crueldad,
que personas sacan
a otras personas de su hogares y comunidades.

Es como quitarle a una rosa sus pétalos

Como un arco íris sin colores
un mundo sin felicidad.

Somos personas y
tenemos derechos a una vida feliz.

Queremos comunidades positivas,
ayudando a uno y a otro.

Nos tiran como perros en la calle,
mientras suplicamos el respeto
entre nosotros y los demás.

Uniting Our Forces to Destroy the Bad

The city is

You can hear exploding buildings
and people screaming

We wonder,
how can we help the robot?

Everyone is afraid.

What cruelty,
that people throw
others out of their homes and communities.

It’s like stripping a rose of its petals

Like a rainbow without colors,
a world without happiness.

We are people and
we have rights to a happy life.

We want positive communities
where each helps the other.

They throw us out like dogs in the street
while we beg for our respect.

This poem was written by students at Sanchez Elementary and inspired by a Sirron Norris mural, “Victorian Defender of the Mission.” It will be published in the forthcoming WritersCorps book, StreetHeart: Love Poems to Mission Murals.


Mission Girl

I belong in the Mission,
I grew up there, and people are friendly,
it looks like a little Mexico, and that’s my home.
My grandpa inspires me.
He was, and still is, a great person.
I wanna be like that.
I love hip hop
like I love my three-year-old brother
when he is playing with my basketball
and he has a big smile.
I dream of getting a 3.0 for the rest of the year
because I promised my dad and grandpa I would.
I stand up for myself.
If someone is talking about me,
I will go up to them and say,
“Why are you talking about me?”
I know you have my back
when you are always there for me.
When I am down and sad, you’re with me.
When I am in trouble, you say,
“When you are in trouble,
I’m in trouble.”
I will fight for my life,
protect myself,
stick up for myself,
won’t let anyone hurt me.
I will fight for my life,
it is my life, and I wanna keep it.
I wanna be here.

–Angelica Salazar, 15

From the WritersCorps 2013 book Be About It: Affirmations of Life & Love by students at International Studies Academy.


Bok Choy

Green as the green grass on a spring day
Leafy as a big tree
Lots of lines like a zebra
Bok Choy

Braised in chicken broth
Tasty as a piece of steak
Sweet as a piece of chocolate
Bok Choy

You are the greatest plant of all
So short yet so tall
King of all
Bok Choy

–Benjamin Wong, 14

From the WritersCorps 2013 book “Painted in Rain,” by students at Aptos Middle School

Poem of the Month: August 2013



You say I’m not perfect
Push me down
Call me names
But why

Is it because I’m a teen mom
Because I’m young
Because I fell in love at 14
Or am I just not your perfect

What is perfect
Can you tell me
Being married first
Waiting to fall in love
Having a good job at 25
Is that your perfect

Is that the daughter you expected
You always said, “Nobody is perfect”
“Only Grandma because it’s her name” (Perfecta)
At least I can always say my grandma is perfect

I’m sorry I’m not perfect
Not in your way

–Patricia Duarte, 18

From the WritersCorps 2013 book “A Few Things I Know,” by students at Hilltop School.

Poem of the Month: July 2013


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