A MESSAGE FROM CHASITY HALE
Last October, when I was appointed as the 2015 Southeastern National Student Poet and told to carry out a service project promoting poetry in my region, I immediately knew I wanted to talk about identity. As the months passed and I paired up with organizations and made plans for the workshops, my vision became clearer. I found the reading materials I wanted to share, the games and the talking points that I would cover. However, from my workshops I’ve learned that the dynamic of every classroom is different and sometimes, you’ve got to shift your plans. I also learned that the questions you intend to answer can pave the way to other, sometimes more pressing questions. Going into my workshops with Girl Power’s STEAM program, I had intended to answer the question: who are we as individuals? But from working with girls, I learned that to answer that question, first we had to figure out who we were as a community and how our experiences both personal and universal factor into our individual and collective identities. It was an eye-opening experience for me getting the opportunity to hear what’s important to young Miamian poets and using poetry as the tool for those conversations was an incredibly invaluable experience.
Continue to explore poetry as a medium to convey your ideas by visiting the following websites. Remember, you have a voice that deserves to be heard!
To all the girls I worked with this summer, you have so much strength and knowledge with which you can better the world. If you enjoyed writing poetry this summer, keep going and don’t ever stop!
- Chasity Hale