Poetry Contest Ends May 15

May 1st, 2015 by Admin

We’ve extended our city-wide poetry contest to May 15!

Write an original poem, snap a photo of it, upload, and tag to social media with #WritersCorps20 for your chance to win prizes. Winning poems will be judged on content and originality. All prize winners will be announced at our WordStorm event on May 20, 2015.

Prizes include gift certificates to Jamba Juice, Chipotle, Flax Art & Design, and more!

Need inspiration? Check out your local branch library for WritersCorps interactive poetry walls, posters, and zines with plenty of writing prompts. Participating branches include: Bayview, Excelsoir, Glen Park, Main, West Portal, Ortega, Parkside, Portola, Juvenile Justice Center, and the Tech Mobile. Click here for more info.

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Poem of the Month- Sanchez Elementary

April 30th, 2015 by Admin

Poem of the Month

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Uniendo Nuestras Fuerzas Para Destruir el Mal

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

La ciudad está
aterrorizada

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
terrified

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.

#WritersCorps20 Poetry Contest & Zines — April

April 14th, 2015 by Admin

In honor of National Poetry Month, WritersCorps is teaming up with the San Francisco Library for a city-wide poetry contest for the month of April. Write an original poem, snap a photo of it, upload, and tag to social media with #WritersCorps20 for your chance to win prizes!

Need inspiration? Check out your local branch library for WritersCorps interactive poetry walls, posters, and zines with plenty of writing prompts. Participating branches include: Bayview, Excelsoir, Glen Park, Main, West Portal, Ortega, Parkside, Portola, Juvenile Justice Center, and the Tech Mobile. Click here for more info.

Prizes will include gift certificates, books, T-shirts, tote bags and more!

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WritersCorps Poetry Wall & Zines at SFPL — April

April 1st, 2015 by Admin

In honor of National Poetry Writing Month, WritersCorps is teaming up with the San Francisco Public Library for a city-wide poetry contest for the month of April. Write an original poem, snap a photo of it, upload, and tag to social media with #WritersCorps20 for your chance to win prizes.

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Click poster image to download and print!

Need inspiration? Check out your local branch library for the WritersCorps poetry wall and posters with writing ideas. Take home a free zine with plenty of writing prompts. List of participating branches listed below.

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Branches with interactive Poetry Wall & Zines:

Bayview Branch: 5075 3rd Street
Excelsior Branch: 4400 Mission Street
Glen Park Branch: 2825 Diamond Street
Main Branch: 100 Larkin Street
West Portal Branch: 190 Lenox Way

Branches with Zines Only:
Juvenile Justice Center: 375 Woodside Ave
Ortega Branch: 223 Ortega Street
Parkside Branch: 1200 Taraval Street
Portola Branch: 380 Bacon Street
Tech Mobile: Schedule & location info

See SFPL website for library branch hours.

Prizes will include gift certificates, books, T-shirts, tote bags and more!

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WritersCorps Live at The CJM 2015

April 1st, 2015 by Admin

In celebration of 20 years of empowering youth through the power of creative writing, WritersCorps presented WritersCorps Live: 20 Years of Youth Voices, in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum. WritersCorps youth and teaching artists shared the stage with author NoViolet Bulawayo. March 26, 2015.


NoViolet Bulawayo reads an excerpt from her novel, We Need New Names.


WritersCorps teaching artist Sandra Garcia Rivera performs several poems.


WritersCorps teaching artist Rose Tully reads a ghost story.


WritersCorps alumnus Robin Black performs a spoken word piece.


Eziyah, representing Sanchez Elementary, reads “I Remember,” a story about his grandmother in New Orleans.


Selina, representing Hilltop School, reads “N is for New Beginning,” a heart-breaking poem about resiliency and hope.


Rizza, representing Oasis For Girls, reads a short but powerful poem called “My Success.”


Nevaeh, representing the San Francisco Public Library, reads an excerpt from her short story, “Changing in Time.”


Fiona, representing International Studies Academy, reads a personal statement.


Briana and Aleja, representing College Track, perform a collaborative poem.

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