We announced in March,2014 that we were rolling out a new program for incarcerated youth in NYC. This program, a creative writing poetry workshop, will be accessible to young people who are incarcerated or detained. In these workshops, young people learn new tools for coping with stress, moving past trauma, and learn to take responsibility for their actions and their emotions. They will learn self-expression techniques using poetry and creative writing. We are happy to report that the program “no more silent voices” will commence Saturday July 19, 2014 at Rikers Island from 12 noon to 2:00pm for youth 16 and 17 years old. We will have a poetry slam performance for these youth on July 19th and return Saturday to do the workshops. Pictured from left to right : Definition, Distinquish, Curtis, Relle, and Danny.
Archives for July 2014
Great event, great turnout, great cause…Deb and I truly enjoyed. Thank you for the invite.
“This was one of the best open mics Laila and I have been too! The diversity among Africans in America is absolutely heart warming and extremely inspiring. Thank you Curtis Harris for producing such a wonderful event. I was humbled to be able to take part. Continued success and blessings! “
Just wanted to send an e-mail across and say thank you for the excellent poetry reading event last night at Brownsville Heritage House.
It was an excellent experience for me and I really appreciate the warm welcome I got from everyone there, seeing as I’m in another country and was reading poetry in public for the first time. I was made to feel really comfortable so I could express what I had to say.
Thanks once again and look forward to hearing from you.
Volunteer of the Week-Curtis Harris
Young Detroiters unlock their inner poets, claim authorship of their experiences
Detroit schools are turning their students into published poets with a little guidance from professional writers and a program called InsideOut. Jeffrey Brown reflects with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about visiting the Motor City middle-schoolers and the “sense of power” she witnessed as they found their voices. click here for article