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The Words on the Bus Go Round and Round

Some snapshots of our field trip with Wooden High School at Get Lit’s Classic Slam. // Angelica L

After a few weeks of introducing the students at Wooden High to Spoken Word poetry, we brought them to see some of the most talented high schoolers in L.A. at Get Lit’s Classic Slam (finals are tomorrow, hosted by George Watsky!).

When everyone was loading up the bus, one of our students Danny was still so inspired by the poets’ powerful deliveries that he decided to stick his head out the window and spin a few lines of his own. We hoped the passersby enjoyed it just as much as we did.

Maybe next year you’ll see some of the Wooden students on a spoken word stage.


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Take the Left

By Tiffany Esmailian

I walk down a road that seems familiar to me
But I don’t seem to like anything that I see
I’ve seen it before; I want something new
I want to be enlightened, maybe by you
I want to be shown new things and thoughts
So show me your plans and show me your plots
Maybe you’ll see what I’ve been through
Maybe you’ll go where I’m going too

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The Writer’s Den’s Adventures in the Festival of Books: Rabbit holes, corpses, and car problems

Yesterday, a group of us from the Writer’s Den braved the USC campus and had quite the adventure at (and coming back from) the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Here are some highlights from the day:

Margaret Atwood at the L.A Times Festival of Books. // Angelica L.

“There will always be storytellers because we are narrative beings.”

Margaret Atwood spoke about her thoughts on writing, her past, and even her take on Canadians. When asked about her choice to be a writer rather than a biologist (like her father and brother), she said, “If I had, I would be making your potatoes glow in the dark.” But instead, she added, she makes pages glow in the dark.

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