Meany Poetry 2018

In the spring of 2018, Jack Straw artist team visited Weston Cooper’s ELL students at Meany Middle School to write and record their original poems.

Jack Straw writer and poet Samar Abulhassan went to the school and worked with the students on their writing, and Jack Straw vocal coaches helped the students prepare to record their work.

Later the students visited the studios at Jack Straw, where our voice coaches and engineers helped them create professional recordings of their work.

Listen to the final pieces below.

The Jack Straw artist team included vocal coaches Katya Landau, Andrew McGinn, and Meg McLynn; audio engineers Joel Maddox, and Ayesha Ubayatilaka; designer Levi Fuller and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

This project produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Meany Middle School with the generous support of Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission, and individual contributors.


Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for ten years, for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ WITS Program, Jack Straw…