Poetry For Immigrant Teens

The Houston Chronicle reports today on the city's district-wide annual Immigrant Writing Festival, where high school students meet once a week to articulate their experiences of dislocation through poems and essays.

"Poetry is the clearest form by which I can cry without shedding a single tear," said one student. "It is the form by which I may scream without bothering anyone ... Poetry is the language of my soul."

"It is a way we can write what we are feeling, but aren't brave enough to say," added another.

This is exactly why I love reading submissions to the Fire Escape's annual poetry and short fiction contests for teens between cultures. Deadline this year for submissions is June 1st, so please spread the word.