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We made it to the end of our time at Simpson Academy! A big thank you to all the amazing teachers and students who put so much time and effort into making this such […]

Edit, revise, edit revise! Poems take time and we don’t always have enough of it, especially as we’re nearing the end of our time together at Simpson. Between field trips, testing, and getting ready […]

This week we read Nikki Giovanni’s Ego Trippin’ and talked about about how we celebrate ourselves. Then the students had an opportunity to ego trip for a bit and write a poem where they […]

What is a word you love to use, or a word that represents something about you? This was the question at the heart of this week’s discussion after we read the piece “Hecky Naw” […]

Today we read The Idea of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight. We had an amazing discussion about family, both biological and chosen. We talked about the stories that get handed down to us, who we […]

This week at Simpson, we had a shortened period, so we dedicated our session to working on uncompleted pieces. We talked about revision as part of the writing process and how getting our ideas […]

Ode Poems are written to celebrate people, places, things or ideas. We discussed, how Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, wrote ode poems about objects that are often overlooked, or taken for granted, like a lemon, […]

This week we spent some more time working on poems that weren’t quite finished yet. Here’s a few more pieces about the importance of names. Enjoy this week’s poets!   Aniya Aniya Moore Aniya […]

What is the story of your name? If you could change it to something else would you? This week we had an opportunity to think about another aspect of our identities by sharing poems […]

What is home? How does it shape who we are in the world? These are a few of the questions we pondered this week after reading Willie Perdomo’s poem “Where I’m From”. Students at […]


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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.