Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Change Partner: Paul Robeson House of the West Philadelphia Cultur
Discipline: Literary Arts
Valerie will publish a literary anthology of writing by young people participating in her Teen Writers Academy, an intensive writing workshop series for the teenagers in West Philadelphia. Her workshops encourage young people to use writing as way to see the possibilities and poetry in their lives, allowing for creative, revealing and healing writing. This anthology will focus on the collective experiences of making written work public through publishing. In addition to celebrating the teens’ writing, the process of seeing their work in print may well change how they see themselves and their lives.