The 2014 Mental Graffiti Slam Team. And our talented coach, Emily Rose. This is us, beating Chicago’s Lethal Poetry Team. Soundly. For the record.
(Photos by Jessica Fenlon, by the way, who is an all-around wonderful human and champion of art.)
Beach libraries. (Enough said.)
I was at the beach this summer. And I wished for a library.
She would ask Nanny about it when she got home.
When she got home. She was thirty-eight, and just realizing what it felt like to have a sense of home. For that, Sarima, thank you, she thought. Maybe the definition of home is the place where you are never forgiven, so you may always belong there, bound by guilt. And maybe the cost of belonging is worth it.
-Gregory Maguire, Wicked
The aforementioned Mental Graffiti chapbook. We’ll be selling the first copies tonight at the Green Mill.
Y’all I had the privilege of designing a Master Teacher Training as part of this years NPS programming! So if you want to learn how to facilitate well and build powerhouse curriculum come out! Today is the last day to buy discount event passes to the 25th Annual National Poetry Slam happening in Oakland, Ca August 5th - 9th
I’m so ready. I mean, I’m ready to see Denise Jolly. I’m definitely not ready to perform poems… yet.
I wasn’t sure what to name the Mental Graffiti team chapbook, so I made a wordcloud. The book is named Like Chicago Love—I thought that was better than Like Woman Women.