Odes and the River of Tradition

Matt and Alvin explore odes and the ongoing conversation of Pablo Neruda, the Skagit Recovery Community Site, and the Oasis Daylight Center site.

UW Updates:

Matt updates listeners on UW’s first workshop at the Community Justice Center, now a weekly site serving men and women on alternating weeks.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with.

Links of Interest:

What No One Ever Tells You
Pablo Neruda
Odes
John Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn”
Skagit County Community Justice Center

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Odes and the River of Tradition *Extended Cut*

Matt and Alvin explore odes and the ongoing conversation of Pablo Neruda, the Skagit Recovery Community Site, and the Oasis Daylight Center site.

UW Updates:

Matt updates listeners on UW’s first workshop at the Community Justice Center, now a weekly site serving men and women on alternating weeks.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with.

Links of Interest:

What No One Ever Tells You
Pablo Neruda
Odes
John Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn”
Skagit County Community Justice Center

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Journeying

We read "Journeying," from the juvenile detention site. This is a piece in response to exploring The Odyssey, Homer's epic poem. Matt and Alvin talk about the transformation that might be produced after an intense series of adventures, struggles, and danger. 

UW UPDATES:

Underground Writing's 2018 newsletter is published, written by Teaching Writer, A. Muia.

Week-long intensive at juvenile detention is complete. 

New site at Mount Vernon's Community Justice Center to begin September 19, 2018. Hear more about this site on episode 6, titled, "The Book Was Fat and Big." 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

What No One Ever Tells You
UW Newsletter - August 2018
The Odyssey by Homer
Robert Fitzgerald
Richmond Lattimore
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orison Anthology
Washington State Book Award

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Dreams

The student writing, “Dreams,” comes from the Migrant Leaders Club site, and explores the gap that interrupts our aspirations, hopes, and goals.

UW UPDATES:

Matt gives updates on the week-long intensive coming up at juvenile detention. 

The podcast published before this one is our first Community Spotlight episode featuring Randi at Oasis Daylight Shelter.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with.

LINKS OF INTEREST:

 

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Community Spotlight: Randi Breuer at Oasis Daylight Center

This is the first Community Spotlight episode of the podcast. We speak with Randi Breuer, Center Coordinator at the YMCA Oasis Daylight Center and site host for Underground Writing. Randi speaks about how the center operates, what the strategy is in serving at-risk youth in the community, and the role of creative writing in personal restoration. 

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I, Too, Sing America

Student Writing from the YMCA Oasis Daylight Center, after Langston Hughes' I Too. Matt and Alvin talk about the courageous nature of declarative works that these pieces have in common. Matt discusses how Hughes took the lead from Walt Whitman's work, cataloguing the nation. What is a voice? What is a country?

UW updates:

Upcoming week-long intensive at the juvenile detention site, based on the book Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, led by Teaching Writer, Jennifer Bradbury.

Community Spotlight podcast coming up, profiling YMCA Oasis Daylight Center site host, Randi Breuer.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with.

LINKS OF INTEREST:

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I, Too, Sing America *Extended Cut*

Student Writing from the YMCA Oasis Daylight Center, after Langston Hughes' I Too. Matt and Alvin talk about the courageous nature of declarative works that these pieces have in common. Matt discusses how Hughes took the lead from Walt Whitman's work, cataloguing the nation. What is a voice? What is a country?

UW updates:

Upcoming week-long intensive at the juvenile detention site, based on the book Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, led by Teaching Writer, Jennifer Bradbury.

Community Spotlight podcast coming up, profiling YMCA Oasis Daylight Center site host, Randi Breuer.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with.

LINKS OF INTEREST:

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The Book Was Fat And Big

Student writing this week, "The Book Was Fat And Big" comes from the juvenile detention site. Matt and Alvin discuss how this piece of dream-vision literature joins the ranks of Paul Valéry, Coleridge, and John of Patmos. UW writing workshops often introduce poems and invite students' responses to "after" them. 

Matt gives an update on a future site: the Skagit County Community Justice Center. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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The Book Was Fat And Big *Extended Cut*

Student writing this week, "The Book Was Fat And Big" comes from the juvenile detention site. Matt and Alvin discuss how this piece of dream-vision literature joins the ranks of Paul Valéry, Coleridge, and John of Patmos. UW writing workshops often introduce poems and invite students' responses to "after" them. 

Matt gives an update on a future site: the Skagit County Community Justice Center. They discuss logistical tasks and the Justice Center in the context of Mount Vernon's former jail.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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Dear America

Matt reads a piece from an Underground Writing class at juvenile detention. The piece, titled 'Dear America', was written the day after the presidential election in November 2016. Matt and Alvin discuss the ongoing internal battles that our nation and world undergo, the histories of oppression and hatred that divide us, and the anthems that propel us forward. They also remember visiting the Ellis Island Museum with the students from the Migrant Leaders Club. 

Matt gives us an update about the week-long intensive that just wrapped up at the Oasis site and relays a bit of news about Underground Writing's teaching writers. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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Dear America *Extended Cut*

Matt reads a piece from an Underground Writing class at juvenile detention. The piece, titled 'Dear America', was written the day after the presidential election in November 2016. Matt and Alvin discuss the ongoing internal battles that our nation and world undergo, the histories of oppression and hatred that divide us, and the anthems that propel us forward. They also remember visiting the Ellis Island Museum with the students from the Migrant Leaders Club. 

Matt gives us an update about the week-long intensive that just wrapped up at the Oasis site and relays a bit of news about Underground Writing's teaching writers. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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Society Weighs Me Down *Extended Cut*

Our student writing this week is titled "Society Weighs Me Down." Matt and Alvin talk about the individual and the larger community, and how one affects the other in deliberate ways or not. 

Matt gives an update on the process of publishing the UW anthology and thoroughly recommends the book of poetry by Tyehimba Jess titled Olio.  

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

Society Weighs Me Down

Our student writing this week is titled "Society Weighs Me Down." Matt and Alvin talk about the individual and the larger community, and how one affects the other in deliberate ways or not. 

Matt gives an update on the process of publishing the UW anthology and thoroughly recommends the book of poetry by Tyehimba Jess titled Olio.  

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

Trying to Catch Up to You *Extended Cut*

This week, we read a piece titled "Trying to Catch Up to You," from our third site. Matt and Alvin discuss the vulnerability and courage required to share an all-too-common grief that many of our students carry. In this extended cut of the Podcast, we also talk about the power of art as it stands alone. And Matt goes into more detail about the process of the upcoming week-long intensive.

It was raining at the UW headquarters; please ignore that rattling sound at the beginning. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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Trying to Catch Up to You

This week, we read a piece titled "Trying to Catch Up to You," from our third site. Matt and Alvin discuss the vulnerability and courage required to share an all-too-common grief that many of our students carry. It was raining at the UW headquarters; please ignore that rattling sound at the beginning. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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I Belong Here Because

This episode's featured writing is from the Migrant Leaders Club of the Mount Vernon School District. Matt and Alvin discuss the individual impact in our community's young immigrants and children of immigrant families. And Matt shares about the recent FilmVerse event, in collaboration with Voices of the Children, the Lincoln Theatre, and Underground Writing. Music by Luis Lopez and the Migrant Leaders Club.

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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At the Beginning or The Best Drug

This is our first bi-weekly update podcast! Director Matt Malyon and Producer Alvin Shim met briefly in the UW admin headquarters to touch base on the many program goings-on. It's a short six-and-a-half minute podcast that features a piece of writing by a UW student and a quick update about our recent trip to New York with the Migrant Leaders Club to see Miss You Like Hell, written by Quiara Alegría Hudes. 

Note: We are a creative writing program serving at-risk populations. We do not broadcast names or identifying details of the students we work with. 

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