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SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL: POETRY MOMENTS

Welcome to Poetry Moments, produced by Seattle World School students, Jack Straw Productions, and the Vietnamese Friendship Association. The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. In this project, Vietnamese high school students worked with Jack Straw's professional writers, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry.


Click here to view a photo gallery from these sessions.

"These students have been in the U.S. for about 1 month to a year. It has not been easy for them to blend into a new culture and learn a new language at age 17 and older, but they are trying their best as they know that it's the key to their future success. I can't say thank you enough to Jack Straw's wonderful team for all of the valuable opportunities that they have brought to our school and our highly in need students. The vocal trainings with their coaches Gin and Christine have helped the students to become better readers. The poetry sessions with Jack Straw's wonderful, experienced writers Kathleen and Laura have exposed them to different styles of writing and helped them to express themselves freely, creatively."
-Kim Thao Hua, Classroom Teacher

City Living Seattle, August 8, 2012: "Expressing the Inner Voice"







Photos by Nat Seymour

Listen to the students' poems here:


Poetry Moments was produced by Seattle World School students, Jack Straw Productions, and the Vietnamese Friendship Association with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Harvest Foundation, and individual contributors.

The Jack Straw production team included writers Laura Gamache and Kathleen Flenniken, audio engineers Moe Provencher and CJ Lazenby, vocal coaches Christine Marie Brown and Gin Hammond, production assistant Bob Perry, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz. Special thanks to Seattle World school students, teacher Kim Thao Hua, VFA assistants Tram Dinh and Peter Hong, and Principal Martin O'Callaghan.

If you would like to learn more about this program or would like us to help you produce a similar program, please contact us at education@jackstraw.org.

Our other World School projects:

  • Seattle World School Immigration Stories (2015)
    In 2015 Seattle World School students conducted and recorded a series of interviews with each other about their immigration stories, how they came to the US, and comparing their lives in their home countries and here.
  • Seattle World School 2014 Projects
    During our 2014 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries participated in several projects to help strengthen their new English language and technical skills.
  • A World of Memories and Poetry Moments (2013)
    In two projects, World School students wrote and recorded original poetry and stories and produced CDs and a chapbook.
  • Health Talk (2012)
    Students from Seattle World School wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios.
  • Food Talk (2011)
    Students from the SBOC (now Seattle World School) worked with a nutritionist from Seattle Children's Hospital and Jack Straw staff members to create public service announcements about healthy eating habits.


 


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