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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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The Lesson: 5/31/2017

The Lesson: 5/31/2017

Hello YCA Fam,

And welcome to the weekly blog we call the Lesson! Every Wednesday we will invite you to express yourselves by making lists, responding to prompts, and reading texts. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshops, Check The Methodand Wordplay. If you write poems to these prompts or have thoughts on the readings tag us in your own social media posts (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).

Personal Mythology

This writing prompt comes from Check The Method and features two poems by DC-based poet Safia Elhillo from her collection The January Children. Safia's poems inspired us to reimagine stories from our personal history using specific details and vivid imagery. If you enjoy this prompt consider registering for our Write to the City...

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Top Five Featuring H. Melt

Top Five Featuring H. Melt

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 H. Melt!

1) Edie Fake   taught me a lot about what it means to honor, celebrate, and organize queer and trans community in Chicago. He's an incredible artist who envisions queer spaces in the past, present, and future. I'm really loving the 7th issue of Gaylord Phoenix, a long running comic series that he's drawn over the years.

2) If You Are Over Staying Woke by Morgan Parker. I listen to this poem when I'm having a rough day or when I need encouragement. It reminds...
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The Plug: May 26, 2017

The Plug: May 26, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to our newly rebranded Friday blog, The Plug. Here we will be posting weekly 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 from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities are rooted in poetry and others will 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, the police and law enforcement – as threatening, dangerous, and criminal. This puts them in life-threatening situations. ...

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