On Monday night we had the privilege of attending the community reading of original poetry written by an amazing group of Orange High School students as part of The Chapman University/Orange High School Literacies Partnership. We have been teaming up with this group throughout the year, participating in creative projects and tours of our collections, and so it was very special for us to see these courageous Orange High School students up at the podium reciting their work.
The Chapman University/Orange High School Literacies Partnership’s John Fowles Center Young Writers’ Workshops began in 2011. The students have participated in a series of writing workshops conducted by graduate students in the MFA and MA programs in Chapman’s Department of English. The graduate students must have done an outstanding job because the reading last night was truly impressive.
Besides reading their poems to a crowd of teachers, friends, and family, the students also had their original artwork on display on several tables that had been set up throughout the room. This work was abstract art and poetry that they created recently in a workshop that we hosted as part of our ongoing collaboration with this great program.
We were so thrilled to have been involved in just a small part of this project, and we look forward to more amazing projects with The Chapman University/Orange High School Literacies Partnership.