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The Lesson 6/14/2017

The Lesson 6/14/2017

Hello YCA Fam, 

Today is Wednesday, June 14th, and we have two prompts for you today. Every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram.

Today's prompt features work from Jamaica Kincaid, Cortney Lamar Charleston, G Yamazawa, & Nikki Giovanni:


HOW TO BE [__________] 

List: 
Things you are expected to be good at based on your identity
Quintessential books/movies/songs associated with your identity
Dangers/challenges people of your identity face
Sayings or tropes you often hear people of your identity say to each other

Read:

GIRL by Jamaica Kincaid

Blackness...

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The Top Five Featuring Bebe O'Hare

The Top Five Featuring Bebe O'Hare

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to the Top Five. We know it's Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more.

Today's Top Five comes from Bebe O'Hare:


1:...
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The Plug, June 9th, 2017

The Plug, June 9th, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to our Friday blog, The Plug. Here we will be posting weekly about writing competitions, events, workshops, internships, & jobs that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different types of writing and art forms. If you explore ...
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The Lesson: 6/7/2017

The Lesson: 6/7/2017

Hello YCA Fam, 

Today is Wednesday, June 7th, AND it is also Gwendolyn Brooks's Birthday! Gwendolyn Brooks is so important to the work we do at YCA. We strive to honor her commitment to craft and community at all times. What better way to celebrate than by writing a poem today? As you know, every Wednesday we will be sharing a writing prompt to help you write. If you choose to write, please tag us on social media: @youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram.

Today's prompt features a poem by Aracelis Girmay

List:

Journeys that you take routinely.
Historic journeys that your family has taken (this is not necessarily a journey that you took, but one that you feel connected to)
The...

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The Top Five Featuring Aziza Barnes

The Top Five Featuring Aziza Barnes

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to the Top Five. We know it's Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more.

Today's Top Five comes from Aziza Barnes!

1. into these so heavy omg need them

2. into this book so much I read some of it on the bus in Queens & had to stop at this one mini-poem within the book-length poem & laugh & say BITCH & then close the book or I'd laugh tew loud

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The Plug: June 2nd, 2017

The Plug: June 2nd, 2017

 

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to our Friday blog, The Plug. Here we will be posting weekly about writing competitions, events, workshops, internships, & jobs that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different types of writing and art forms. If you explore any of these opportunities, share the experience on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Competitions/Publications:

Youth Speaks– I Want To Live

“Across the United States, young men of color are often presented by the media – and perceived by the public,...
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