Native American Community Academy (NACA) Radical Poetry Club is comprised of young poets who strive to write their truths, celebrate their cultural identities and traditions, and poeticize the tough stuff like colonialism and debunking stereotypes of native people. They also write poetry that seeks to identify historical/current trauma that speaks out against violence against indigenous… Read More NACA Radical Poets write because….
Why do I write? That’s a loaded question, and at different stages of my life the answer would be different. Perhaps it was a pivotal moment when I was eight, attending school at Mark Keppel Elementary, a moment that gave me a hard shove towards adopting the written word as my major mode of self… Read More Richard Vargas writes because….
I write because I have something to say. I feel it—creeping in me, pooling behind my lids. The memory of what is yet to come hovers above my bed while I sleep, nightlighting my ceiling. It announces itself much stronger when I wake, fed by darkness and dreams. It haunts. It spiders. I write because… Read More Jennifer Givhan writes because….
I write because I don’t have great verbal skills. I am more eloquent in writing. I write because I am shy, and writing helps me express myself. I write because I love reading, and wish to create similar masterpieces. I write because it is an escape. I write because I like stories better than real… Read More Nahreen Tarzi writes because….
I write because as a young child growing up in chaos, the written word was my solace. When the craziness of home became too much to bear, I would lose myself in a book. I write because that is how I found my way home. From straight A student to high school dropout to USC… Read More Juanita Mantz writes because….
I write because there are stories and I am their captive. I write because my mother taught me to read, which means I write because of Dr. Seuss and Franklin W. Dixon (or whatever her real name was) and Roald Dahl. I write because of Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut, Jim Murray and Hunter S.… Read More Jerry Grillo writes because….
Why do I write? I have several answers: 1. The Mythic. I was born to write, I started writing as a child, I write to express, to connect, and to understand the world. To explore the beauty of language. To extend the boundaries of the self. 2. The Slacker. I like a lifestyle that lets… Read More Miriam Sagan writes because….