Museum of Pop Culture 2014: Write Out of This World

This year, MoPop and Jack Straw Cultural Center collaborated to provide winners of their annual Write Out of This World Writing Contest with a unique experience: Winners participated in a writing workshop, voice workshop, and recording session at Jack Straw, resulting in a professional recording of each writer reading their work. Every audio piece includes an excerpt of their story, plus a summary introduction which Jack Straw writer Jared Leising helped them write.

Listen to the story excerpts below, and click on the titles to read the stories.

3rd – 5th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “Mongie the Kookie” by Amanda Ong
2nd Place: “Macaroni and Mars Don’t Mix” by Anna Holbrook
3rd Place: “November’s Save” by Sophia Baldwin

6th – 8th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “Humanity” by Lily Hurt
2nd Place: “The Flower of Skye” by Shayla McCombs
3rd Place: “Omega” by Sophie Lee

9th – 12th Grade Winners:

1st Place: “Devotion” by Carly Cooper
2nd Place: “Somewhere Only We Know” by Camille Lemire
3rd Place: “Names in Stone” by Sophia Harris

Jack Straw artist team included Jared Leising, writer; Christine Marie Brown and Andrew McGinn, vocal coaches; CJ Lazenby, engineer; Joan Rabinowitz, executive director. Photos by Alexander Karbo.


Jared Leising

Jared Leising

Jared Leising is the author of the chapbook The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio. His poems have appeared in various Washington publications such as Pontoon, Crab Creek Review, Stringtown…