Writing Gallery

This is what we are all about! We are so very happy to share with you some of the best student writing from workshops, field trips, and tutoring sessions at 826 centers across the country. We also accept submissions by any students age 6-18. All writing can be emailed to submissions [at] 826national.org for consideration. Read on and enjoy!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2013

April is National Poetry Month, and obviously the best way to celebrate is to read some delightful poems penned by our students! Continue on for brave and beautiful works by young authors from across the country...

CLEMENT

by Helen Porter, 826 Valencia

Beg from me a smile,
I will comply with grace.
My heart leaps a mile
While I turn a blank face.

I take a deep breath, but every time I see you
I smooth out my hair and straighten my back.
Read the full piece...

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH

by Maggie Dethloff, 826michigan

My grandfather is eighty-four years old
He chews tobacco *pptuuii*
and spits it into a styrofoam cup
while watching the Atlanta Braves
play the ninth inning
He has emphysema,
His lungs can’t take cigarettes anymore
so he chews and spits like a pitcher on the mound
Read the full piece...

EVIL

by Siobhan Willing, 826 Valencia

They say that money is the root of all evil.
I say that it’s jazz.

YOU'VE GOT TO BE A GENTLEMAN

by Leroy Coleman, 826DC

Violence is amongst us.
When push comes to shove,
the crowd chanting “fight, fight, fight.”
Walk away or stand up and fight.
Read the full piece...


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