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The Top Five Featuring Benjamin Alfaro

The Top Five Featuring Benjamin Alfaro

 

Welcome to the Top Five.

It's Monday and that means it's back to business. If you're looking for inspiration, we got you covered. Every Monday, we invite some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find new music, poems, and more.
Today, we have Benjamin Alfaro sharing his Top Five.

Check out Detroit icon Waajeed’s 2012 video series called Bling47 Breaks. This series asks close colleagues of J Dilla to discuss specific samples used on popular records. One part hip-hop history, one part crate digging, and a whole...
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The Lesson 7/26/2017

The Lesson 7/26/2017

Welcome to The Lesson. 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 writing prompt is pulled from The 92Y's A New Colossus series.

#ANewColossus

Read:

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
(Poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your...
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The Top Five Featuring E'mon Lauren

The Top Five Featuring E'mon Lauren

Welcome to the Top Five.
It's Monday and that means it's back to business.  If you're looking for inspiration, we got you covered. Every Monday, we invite some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find new music, poems, and more.
 
Today, we have E'mon Lauren sharing her Top Five.

Loiter squad : Greatest Cooking Show of All Time
As an artist that is always broke, I have come to learn that struggle strikes ingenuity....
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The Plug: July 21st, 2017

The Plug: July 21st, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are 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 & @youngchicagoauthorson Instagram).

Competitions/Publications:

Creating Iris (Publication)

“Iris is a new literary magazine that launched in January 2014. Iris features new fiction for teens (roughly, ages 14-17) with an LGBTQAI slant. Iris is ...

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The Lesson 7/19/2017

The Lesson 7/19/2017

Today is Wednesday, July 19th, and we have a brand new writing prompt for you. 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 writing prompt will help you build strong images that you can use for future poems. 

SENSORY MEMORY WARM UP
 
List:
A color that carries a specific meaning to you
A typical smell outside in Chicago
A word or phrase you love to say or write
Name of a street you’re familiar with
Vegetable/ fruit you don’t like
Piece of advice, quote or saying that has stuck with you
Word or phrase your family...
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The Top Five Featuring Kush Thompson

The Top Five Featuring Kush Thompson

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, we have Kush Thompson sharing her Top Five for today. 

1. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

A piece of advice I was given to better my practice as a creative: study your heroes. Because my poetry is deeply archival and often samples my diary, ...
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