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.
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"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"