by Mel Wells
WITS celebrated the printing of its 2012-2013 Student Anthology, Where Summit Meets Sky, with a reading at Powell’s City of Books on December 10. Students from across the city read their published pieces, which they created, revised, and submitted while working with a WITS writer-in-residence in their high school classroom.
This year’s anthology features poetry, prose, plays, and comics that cover a wide array of genres, experiences, and emotions. If you’ve ever wanted a snapshot of being a teenager in Portland, this collection represents the diversity of teenagers in this city. There are stories of coming to Oregon from other countries, of dealing with loss and grief, of conquering fear and overcoming prejudices, and there’s even a graphic novel version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, covering the entire play in just four pages.
You can pick up a copy of Where Summit Meets Sky at Powell’s (while supplies last) or order them online from Literary Arts. We’re sure you’ll be as surprised, entertained, inspired, and moved by these stores as we were.
Congrats to all the students who were published, and many thanks to the supportive community of teachers, writers, families, and friends who contributed to making this event so much fun!