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Teen Poetry


Tonight Karen Hayes and I will be hosting our first co-taught poetry workshop. Since it’s for teens, I tried to compile some teen-specific references. If you’re interesting in helping a teen get interested in poetry, you can use this as your starter guide!

Refer them to check out this site:

And this one really seems to approach serious issues fearlessly and without judgement:
This is from July 2016 but definitely still relevant:
This one looks pretty decent:
HuffPo runs a Teen Poetry column sourced by Figment:
And to round it all out here’s a Goodreads list:
There will certainly be more to follow after we get a sense for the class tonight.
P.S. A terrific intro discussion of emotions here from Andrew J. Brown.
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Thursday Writers w Jobe

I’ve been pretty excited by all the reading challenges lately but I haven’t forgotten about writing, I promise. I have a local group that exchanges work every other week and meets every other week to critique each other’s work, which I’ve dubbed Second Set, because it’s always good to have a second set of eyes on your work.

I have also had the good fortune lately to be spending time with Karen Hayes, who is the indomitable spearhead of the Laman Scribble — a monthly gathering at Laman Library for practice writing on the spot! — and Dogtown Poetry on Demand. She is a force to be reckoned with, a presence in the community, and a kindred spirit. We have lately been asked to co-teach some CALS poetry programs for teens in preparation for the upcoming teen poetry contests! (You may have seen my over-eager pre-post a few days ago.) So I’ve been percolating on that, too.

If you have kids or younger siblings that fit the bill, please tell them to check it out. Here’s the link for the one at Main, and below are all the dates and times at various branches:

Source The Master Shift

Thursday, March 9
4:00 p.m.
Rooker Library
“If You’re a Poet…”
Karen & Jobe

Thursday, March 23
4:30 p.m.
Williams Library
“Poetry Out Loud”
Jobe (solo)

Thursday, March 30
4:00 p.m.
Main Library, Level 4
“Poetry for All”
Karen & Jobe

Friday, March 31
4:00 p.m.
Nixon Library
“Words with Teens”
Karen (solo)


Thinking about teens and poetry reminded me that sometimes you’ve got to go all the way back to the beginning, and Analytical Grammar had this fun post the class might enjoy:


I could give them my own beginner’s rhyme invention, my frustration, in limeric:

The problem in writing a poem
Is not knowing how to begin
Followed succintly
With how to continue
And finally writing the end.

But more than anything, I think young people will respond to the genuineness and fervor of slam poetry, so I sort of just want to inundate them with favorites!

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Thursday Writers w Jobe

promo_habitica_stickerRecently I came across someone new-to-me, and that was Tomi Adeyemi. She gives this advice about daily writing, and has lots of other good advice, too!

Has anyone tried this writing app, Avo, from Nicholas Charriere? It’s dated 2016 but I can’t seem to find it at the app store on my iPhone. The description of the app, which talks about (writing) habits and gamification, reminds me of a favorite app of mine, Habitica, which is not writing-specific but super cute and awesome anyway.

Last night I attended a Poetry Scribble, held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, and run by the illustrious and indomitable Karen Hayes, out of Laman Library. As always, it was fantastic, and I was so glad I went. She combines visual art and timed writings for great results, not to mention the energy of writing in groups. If you’re interested, drop me a line,, and I’ll get you the deets! Hope your writing is treating you well.