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Teen Poetry From Denney Juvenile Justice Center Poetry Workshop

on October 14, 2009

Each year, the Blanche Miller Art Exhibit Program has hired me to be a writer/mentor for the youth at Denney Juvenile Justice Center. Besides from the volunteer work I do in running the weekly poetry workshop with the youth, I also am hired to work individually with a select group of kids. The Blanche Miller Trust also pays to publish a collection of the youth’s poetry.

The books are published under the guidelines that first and foremost they go back to the youth included in the poetry book. They are also handed out each week in the poetry workshop to the youth who are in detention. The books also go out to lawyers, judges, educators, counselors, and anyone who might work with the youth.

I have been working on editing our fourth book of poetry, Please Brave Me: Dry These Tears. The following two poems are included in the collection.

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