NACA radical poets write because....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 women and mother earth.

They offer poems of resistance, resiliency and empowerment through the spoken and written word. The NACA Radical Poets are kids with causes. They rock the mic on a regular basis and have fun crafting their words into spoken word performances.

They recently performed with other featured Indigenous and Mestiza poets as part of the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers’ Returning the Gift Literary Festival 2015 and received the WC Bright Star Youth Award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

NACA Radical PoetsThey also recently read for and with the United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

“I am so proud of our young native writers of Native American Community Academy!” says their teacher Jessica Helen Lopez. “Poetry is power!”

THIS is why they write:

Avrill Holmes writes because….

I write because my thoughts build up in me,

and when my pen touches the paper,

it feels like I’m not in control anymore

I don’t write because my grandmother tells me to

I write for myself

When I write a piece of me is being freed

as my pen

smoothly glides along my paper.

I write because my heart tells me that I’m going to explode

with thoughts if I don’t jot them down

My head is full of stanzas and poems

 

I write, I write, I write

 

BIO: Avrill Holmes is a member of the Native American Community Academy Radical Youth Poetry Team.  NACA Radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright Star Youth Award.  Holmes loves to eat Hot Cheetos and lay with her dog on Monday nights.


Jordane Lewis writes because….

I write because Im a poet

I write because I have emotions

I write because I am a Native

I write because it shows my identity

I write because it makes me happy

I write because it helps me think

I write because it shows my identity

I write because I let my pencil lead the way

I write because there are no rules in writing

I write because I have words to say

I write because it shows my identity

I write because I am Jojo

I write because I am a NACA Radical Poet

 

BIO: Jordane Lewis is a member of the Native American Community Academy youth poetry team. Lewis has been published in, Kids with Causes:  A poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and performed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Nationals 2015. NACA Radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright Star Youth Award. Jordane likes to eat pizza and loves unicorns. She is a girl with a broken foot.


 

Janna Harker writes because….

I write because sometimes I can’t express myself with words straight from my mouth.

I write because I know all of the beautiful thoughts.

I write because if I don’t write the words down I will lose my mind

I  write because on paper,in ink, everything seems to make sense.

I write because I see beautiful things I have to write about.

I write because if I don’t write them down I will lose my mind

I write because even everything seems to go wrong, to fall apart, and break…this can NEVER go wrong, fall apart, or break.

I write because if I don’t write the words down I will lose my mind

I write because I love, love, love, love to express myself with the many beautiful words of poetry.

I write because I am a NACA Radical Poet

 

BIO: Janna Harker is a member of the Native American Community Academy Radical Youth Poetry Team. NACA Radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright Star Youth Award. Harker is crazy funny, has a weird crazy personality, and owns a crazy awesome heart. She is crazy.


 

Tionna Tillotson writes because….

I write because i like the idea of pen across paper

I write because pigs cant fly

I write because today wont be the same as yesterday

I write because i am native and proud

I write because i know how to

I write because its the only way to let feelings out

I write because i want someone to hear my poems and be wowed

I write because my voice means something on the stage

I write because my name doesn’t always have to be my name

I write because i am a naca radical poet

 

BIO: Tionna Tillotson is a member of the Native American Community AcademyRadical Youth Team. Tillotson has been published in in, Kids With Causes: A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and performed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam National 2015.

NACA Radical Poets have recently WC the WC Bright Star Award.


 

Esperanza Alirez writes because….

I write because…..

I write because words are like colors to me.

I write because I keep my loved ones alive.

I write because it inspires me to be creative and to be myself.

I write because it makes me happy.

I write because I can…

I write because the beautiful words are like a waterfalls that move as fast as a heart beat.

I write because my dad keeps me on my toes.

I write because when my dad passed away it inspired me to be more outgoing.

I write. I am a NACA Radical Poets

 

BIO: Esperanza Alirez is a member of the Native American c\Community Academy Radical Youth Poetry Team. Alirez has been published in kids with cause:A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and performed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Nationals 2015.NACA Radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright Star Youth Award. Esperanza is fun and she likes to spend time with her family.


Aliyah Saiz writes because….

I write because it helps me think

It helps me escape from reality.

I write because it helps me find who I really am.

Because the pencil is unstoppable when it’s in my hand.

 

I write because he always said to do what makes me happy.

I write because he inspires me.

I write to remember him and her and them.

I write to express my feelings.

 

I write to remember who I am.

I write because I want to.

 

Because it calms me down.

I write because the paper and pen call out my name.

I write because my words speak loud as my voice someday will.

 

Because my mind would explode if I didn’t write down what I thought.

I write because my heart would stop if the pencil ever stopped too.

I write because I CAN!

 

BIO: Aliyah Saiz is a member of the Native American Community Youth Academy Radical Youth Poetry Team. Saiz has been published in, Kids With Causes: A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and performed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Nationals 2015 NACA Radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright Star Youth Award. Saiz’s favorite basketball player is Jasmine Bradford #9!

 


Kylie Gasper writes because….

I write because nobody can stop me from writing

I write because I can escape from the crazy reality from my life

I write because I have a free spirit when I write

I write because the world hypnotizes me into writing a poem

I write because I make my family happy for the ones that are here and the ones that are in a better place

I write because people could know who I am

I write because I’m me

 

BIO: Kylie Gasper is a member of the Native American Community Academy Radical youth poets team. Gasper has been published in, kids with causes: A poetry Anthology of youth voices/ and performed at the women of the world poetry slam  nationals 2015. NACA radical poets have recently won the WC bright star youth Award. Kylie Gasper is in gymnastics in level 3 and going to compete soon.

 


Jasmine Bradford writes because….

I Write Because…

I write because I want him to live through me,

I write because WOMEN HAVE VOICES TOO!,

I write because because I want to,

I write for so many reasons,

 

I write because poetry is a way for me to escape when I trapped,

I write because poetry is my best friend,

Poetry just understands me…

I write because I can hear the nature and colors talk to me,

 

I write because I am a Strong Native Woman,

Native Before I am American,

I write because i am safe and happy when I do,

I write because I am a blank and empty without pen and Paper,

 

I write because I am Strong and Courageous,

I write because I want to,

I write because I am…A N.A.C.A RADICAL POET!!!

 

BIO: Jasmine Bradford is a member of the Native American Community Academy Radical Youth Poetry Team. Bradford has been published in, Kids With Causes A Poetry Anthology of Youth voices/and preformed at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam Nationals 2015. Naca Radical Poets have recently won the WC bright star Youth Award. Jasmine’s favorite basketball player is Aliyah Saiz #4. ❤


Olivia Harrison writes because….

I write because it helps my anxiety go away.

I write because I believe poetry can save the world.

I write because this is the only way I can be heard.

I write because my poetry tells me I am not alone in this world.

I write because my identity is the truth and will always be the truth.

I write to escape reality

I write because it’s the only way people will know how I feel

I write because my hand craves the way my pencil moves across the paper

I write to remember my past loved ones

I write because I am a Native poem.

 

BIO: Olivia Harrison is a member of the Native American Community Academy Radical Youth Poetry team. Harrison has been published in, Kids with causes: A poetry Anthology of youth Voices and performed at the Women of The World Poetry slam Nationals 2015. NACA radical Poets have recently won the WC Bright star Youth. Olivia’s favorite sport is Baseball not Softball.

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