by Mel Wells
Broadway Books was packed last night with a lively crowd for the WITS end-of-residency reading for Benson High School. Students from Elisa Wong’s class worked with writer Ramiza Koya, and students in Steve Naganuma’s radio class worked with spoken word artist Desmond Spann. Students read personal essays, fiction, and spoken word poetry, and their pieces covered a vast range of emotions, from funny to tragic to nostalgic. Each reader received hearty applause, and Roberta Dyer (owner of Broadway Books) invited them to sign the authors’ book afterward, which had several students grinning and writing their names with a flourish. Thanks so much to everyone who came and participated in such a fun event!