Community Arts Partnership–Write Out Loud

This year I co-taught a writing workshop through CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP) at the LAUSD Public High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles. Evan, Ebony, Rachel and I, all CalArts MFA writers, collectively created a curriculum for this class. I was generally deemed the poetry person–so I got a chance to share some of my favorite contemporary poetry with these students and teach it to them! It was a great experience, regardless of its ups and downs. Our students were sweet kids and on the whole they cared a lot about their work. For the culminating event of the year, we held a reading at their school. CAP administrators attended, as well as friends and family. It was a nice event. We were pleased to also be able to give the students a perfect bound collection of their work–put together by the CAP office.

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