University Heights High poets take to website
Young poets now have a way to share their work with each other online.
PowerPoetry.org is a new virtual community by the creators of Power Writers, the celebrated University Heights High School poetry class that spawned the award-winning documentary, To Be Heard.
“This (website) is about creating an online family where kids feel supported,” said Roland Legiardi-Laura, who co-directed the documentary film about three Bronx teens who used poetry to change their lives.
The inspiration for the online poetry community came three years ago when Legiardi-Laura noticed that students in the Power Writers class were abandoning their leather journals in favor of their cellphones.
“Kids would come in and compose their poetry on their cell phones, store it, recite from it and share it with their friends,” he said. “I decided to embrace that.” – Read More