Benson Reading at Benson Tech Show

Benson Reading at Benson Tech Show

This year’s WITS end-of-residency student reading for Benson High School was, for the first time, held at the Benson “Tech Show,” an evening event showcasing the school’s various programs. Since it was also Benson’s 100 year anniversary, the entire campus was abuzz.  During the fall semester at Benson, students in Zandra Ah Choy-Aguson’s 2nd period…

The First Parkrose High School WITS Reading!

The First Parkrose High School WITS Reading!

Writers in the Schools (WITS) held their first-ever student reading at Parkrose High School this year, in celebration of our first semester of WITS writers-in-residence at the school. Ten students from two of Jennifer Newton’s 9th grade English classes read work they produced while working with WITS writer Jamie Houghton during the fall semester. The…

Wilson HS Students Read at Annie Bloom’s Books

Wilson HS Students Read at Annie Bloom’s Books

Students at Wilson High School packed Annie Bloom’s Books for a reading to celebrate their work during the past semester with a WITS writers-in-residence. Students in two of Mike Nolan’s 10th grade U.S. History classes worked with poet Bettina de León Barrera and writer Joanna Rose. Students in Nathan Pier’s 9th grade Modern World History class…

Cleveland Student Reading at Ford Food & Drink

Cleveland Student Reading at Ford Food & Drink

After a lot of rescheduling due to snow, Cleveland students who had a WITS writer-in-residence during the fall semester were finally able to celebrate and share their work at Ford Food and Drink. Eleven students and one teacher read for an audience of about thirty-two friends and family. These students worked with WITS writers Alex Behr, who…

Michael Lewis visits Franklin High School

Michael Lewis visits Franklin High School

On the afternoon of January 26, before Michael Lewis’ presentation at Portland Arts & Lectures, Literary Arts Youth Programs brought Lewis to Franklin High School. In their library, Lewis talked with and answered questions from 84 students who had read his work in advance. Students were from Government/Econ, Sports Literature, Psychology, and AP Junior Literature and Composition…

Introducing Kate Jayroe, our new Youth Programs intern!

Introducing Kate Jayroe, our new Youth Programs intern!

[by Kate Jayroe] I’m very excited to be working as the latest Youth Programs intern at Literary Arts! In addition to assisting Literary Arts this spring, I’m also an MFA student studying fiction at Portland State University, editor with Portland Review, bookseller at Powell’s Books, and a staff member with the annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference.…

WITS Apprentice Program at Benson HS

WITS Apprentice Program at Benson HS

On a recent Friday we visited Benson High School to document the relatively new WITS apprentice program in action! After a semester of observation and professional development, our WITS apprentice Leslee Chan is working with an experienced WITS writer, Ramiza Koya, to co-teach a semester-long residency in Kristin Wallace-Knight’s junior English class.  For the opening…

Wordstock Adventures: From a Student Attendee

Wordstock Adventures: From a Student Attendee

[by Adie C., a student at Madison HS] I met my friends Ally and Kira at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and then we all walked about a block to get our tickets near the Portland Art Museum. I had been looking forward to Wordstock for a long time, and was extremely excited. After we…

College Essay Mentoring Project 2016

College Essay Mentoring Project 2016

We’re excited to announce that our fall sessions of the College Essay Mentoring Project were great! As in previous years, we worked with students at Benson, Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools, and this year added a second session at Madison and Roosevelt. Thus far, 197 students have worked with trained volunteer mentors on their college…

Ed Edmo visits Wilson High School

Ed Edmo visits Wilson High School

Over 100 students gathered in the Wilson High School library on a crisp, sunny Monday morning for one of Librarian Linda Campillo’s Multicultural Literacy Days. In partnership with Literary Arts, Wilson hosted Ed Edmo, a Shoshone Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, and lecturer on Native American History.  Edmo began by involving students in the…