WITS End-of-Residency Reading at Parkrose High School

WITS End-of-Residency Reading at Parkrose High School

by Cassie Duncanson After the final bell rung at Parkrose High School, a dedicated group of students from Ms. Doina Moldovan’s English classes gathered in the library to participate in a Literary Arts WITS student reading. The students spent a portion of their semester working with authors Zulema Renee Summerfield working on poetry or with…

Mohsin Hamid visits Parkrose and Wilson High Schools for Everybody Reads

Mohsin Hamid visits Parkrose and Wilson High Schools for Everybody Reads

by Cassie Duncanson As part of the 2018 Everybody Reads program, a partnership with Multnomah County Library, Literary Arts brought Mohsin Hamid to Parkrose High School’s library for a Q&A with over 60 students on April 5. Hamid’s most recent novel, Exit West, is the 2018 selection for Everybody Reads, a community project that culminated with…

WITS Comics Reading for Cleveland at Books With Pictures

WITS Comics Reading for Cleveland at Books With Pictures

by Cassie Duncanson Last week’s Wednesday night WITS student reading featured a group of enthusiastic students from Cleveland High School at Books with Pictures. Family and friends filled the store to support the eight readers. The mood was set, as each audience member was treated to a copy of a Black Panther comic by the…

WITS Reading for Benson High School at Broadway Books

WITS Reading for Benson High School at Broadway Books

Broadway Books was packed last night with friends and family supporting fifteen student writers from Benson High School. Most of the pieces were poetry, but the tone, emotion, and content varied widely between pieces. Two students did an impromptu piece, taking turns with each sentence, telling a story about a frog attempting to order coffee.…

WITS Reading for Wilson HS at Annie Bloom’s Books

WITS Reading for Wilson HS at Annie Bloom’s Books

Last night’s reading for Wilson High School featured a range of genres, from comics to storytelling to poetry. Annie Bloom’s Books continues to be a wonderful venue for brave student writers and warm audiences. The friends, family, and community who came were engaged with each piece, which helped make the reading feel very hygge. The…

Claudia Rankine visits Franklin High School

Claudia Rankine visits Franklin High School

Franklin High School students were ready with questions when Claudia Rankine visited their the library on the morning before her Portland Arts & Lectures event. Rankine began by telling them how she was born in Jamaica and came to the United States as a seven-year-old. Her first experience with poetry was memorizing Emily Dickinson in…

WITS Reading for Madison at Bipartisan Cafe

WITS Reading for Madison at Bipartisan Cafe

Our Thursday evening WITS reading for Madison High School students at Bipartisan Cafe began with the audience of nearly 50 people singing “Happy Birthday” to the first student reader. He was one of several writers who shared powerful personal stories. The personal pieces included accounts of bullying, getting lost while crossing borders, and learning English.…

WITS Reading for Cleveland HS at Ford Food + Drink

WITS Reading for Cleveland HS at Ford Food + Drink

by Mel Wells Fifteen Cleveland High School students shared their work with an audience of friends, family, and other community members at Ford Food + Drink last night. These students spent several weeks working with a WITS writers-in-residence to create, revise, and present their work. Students in two of Susie Brighouse’s English classes worked with…

Jesmyn Ward Visits Benson High School

Jesmyn Ward Visits Benson High School

As Jesmyn Ward talked and answered their questions, the student audience in the Benson High School library listened in pin-drop silence, hanging on her every word. Ward, who made history last fall by becoming the first woman to win two National Book Awards in fiction, was frank and open about her journey to becoming a…

Reza Aslan visits Lincoln High School

Reza Aslan visits Lincoln High School

by Mel Wells On the afternoon before his lecture at the Schnitz, Reza Aslan met with 32 students at Lincoln High School who work on their school magazine and the newspaper, The Cardinal Times.  Perched on a stool at the front of the classroom, Aslan began by telling students about his background and his journey…