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Our short and sweet FORA residency came to a close last week. In our last session we explored blackout poems, which are always popular regardless of age. After viewing some cool examples, we turned […]

For our 4th FORA session, we talked about writing from a place of joy. To me, there’s no better example than the wonderful Ross Gay. We read “Sorrow Is Not My Name” together, digging […]

Somehow, we’re already at the halfway point of our short and sweet May residency with FORA. Two questions that anchored our third session were 1) where do we find “our people” and 2) is […]

Who doesn’t love some good gossip? In our second week at FORA, we discussed odes and tried writing our own. We looked at Safia Elhillo’s “Ode to Gossips” and explored the poem’s vivid language […]

This month at Refugee FORA, we’ve got a short and sweet five-week mini residency. Our first day was last week! During our first session, students discussed their experiences with poetry (very mixed – some […]


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“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.