WITS Reading for Cleveland HS at the IPRC

WITS Reading for Cleveland HS at the IPRC

We wrapped up our WITS student readings for the fall semester with Cleveland High School at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. It was a fun, intimate reading, which was perfect for the tone of the pieces everyone shared. WITS writer A.M. O’Malley helped host, as she is the new Executive Director of the IPRC (Congrats, A.M.!), and she also…

WITS Reading for Benson HS at Broadway Books

WITS Reading for Benson HS at Broadway Books

WITS turned Broadway Books into a small movie theater on Tuesday night for the end-of-residency reading for Benson High School students. We had five classes working with WITS writers-in-residence at Benson this fall: writer Serena Crawford worked in two of Zandra Ah Choy-Agusen’s sophomore English classes; writer Mark Pomeroy worked with juniors in one of Ilsa…

Adam Gopnik visits Grant High School

Adam Gopnik visits Grant High School

Being able to introduce Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker, to members of Grant High School’s award-winning Grant Magazine is something that WITS has been looking forward to for months. And when 53 students came ready with pens, notepads, and thoughtful questions, it was clear that they were excited as well. Perhaps because he has two teenage children,…

Guest Post: Jamie Suehiro, teacher at Wilson High School

Guest Post: Jamie Suehiro, teacher at Wilson High School

Jamie Suehiro is a teacher at Wilson High School and hosted WITS writer Amy Minato in her sophomore English class this fall. We’re pleased to publish a piece that Suehiro wrote during the residency and gave to us to share. Happy reading! Home at the Table It was the last week of school of my last year of…

Wilson HS Reading at Annie Bloom’s Books

Wilson HS Reading at Annie Bloom’s Books

The audience for Wilson High School’s WITS reading filled Annie Bloom’s Books to capacity on a chilly Thursday night in January. First, freshmen from Nora Brooks’ English class shared work they produced with WITS writer Joanna Rose, and sophomores from Jamie Suehiro’s English class shared work they produced with WITS writer Amy Minato. Brooks and Suehiro also shared…

WITS collaboration: Writer Eisenberg & Teacher Pier

WITS collaboration: Writer Eisenberg & Teacher Pier

This fall Wilson High School teacher Nathan Pier is hosting WITS writer Lisa Eisenberg in two of his Freshman World History classes, and he is duplicating her lessons to teach his other two sections of that class. “It was too fun not to share,” he said with a smile. “How could I explain to my other…

John Beer and Michael McGregor discuss the work of Robert Lax

John Beer and Michael McGregor discuss the work of Robert Lax

by Michael Shareshian, Literary Arts intern On Wednesday, December 10th, Literary Arts hosted  readings and a panel discussion featuring authors Michael McGregor and John Beer.  Both authors were associates of the great poet Robert Lax.  Nearing what would have been Mr. Lax’s 100th birthday, the evening was filled with his poetry and touching stories of an extraordinary man. Michael McGregor…

WITS Reading for Madison HS at Bipartisan Cafe

WITS Reading for Madison HS at Bipartisan Cafe

On Wednesday night the Bipartisan Café was filled with students, parents, writers, and teachers eager to hear and support students at Madison High School bravely reading their work out loud. Twelve students read their poetry, college essays, and stories with vibrancy to an enthusiastic audience greeting them with claps and cheers. Three WITS writers-in-residence, Turiya…

Tell it Slant & Late Night Library at Literary Arts

Tell it Slant & Late Night Library at Literary Arts

by Michael Shareshian, Literary Arts intern Literary Arts, in association with Tell It Slant and Late Night Library, presented The Refugee Experience:  A Reading and Panel Discussion on December 3rd.   Curated by Danielle Frandina, the evening played host to writers Olivia Olivia, Doa Strom, and Vu Tran. Offering an array of perspectives and experiences in…

College Essay Mentoring Project 2015

College Essay Mentoring Project 2015

We had a very successful sixth year of the College Essay Mentoring Project! This fall we returned to Benson, Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools, adding a second session at Benson and another drop-in session at Literary Arts. In total, 136 students had individualized mentoring with their essays needed for college and scholarship applications! (For comparison, last year…