Young Writers Project

Mondays at 5:00a.m. and 6:00a.m.

VPR partners with the Young Writers Project to present selections of the work of young writers in Vermont.

Each week, VPR features on VPR.net a submission from the Young Writers Project. The work may be an essay, it may be non-fiction or fiction, or it may be poetry. The weekly selection might be a student blog post or it might be a video.

The idea is to provide another avenue to hear the voice of the people of Vermont, in this case, the young people of Vermont.

The collaboration is organized by Geoff Gevalt at the Young Writers Project and by Betty Smith, the producer of VPR's Commentary Series.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Young Writers Project: Training For Life

CVU senior and distance runner Autumn Eastman
Young Writers Project

In this audio journal, CVU senior and distance runner Autumn Eastman talks about her training, her accomplishments and what lies ahead after graduation.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Young Writers Project: Cancer

Eighth grade writer Sophia Cannizzaro.

Cancer
By Sophia Cannizzaro
Grade Eight, Homeschooled

Everything in my brain
Connects to you
Everything I say
Reminds me of you
Everything I write
Is about you
Everything I do
Is for you

At first
You were a small part of me
But now
Now, your words have replaced mine

Your feelings have replaced mine
Your spirit has replaced mine
I am a caged bird
With no wings
To struggle with

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Young Writers Project: She Told Me

She Told Me
By Kalsang Dolkar
Grade Eleven, Burlington High School

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Young Writers Project: Little Mistake

Recorded in front of a live audience at a Young Writers Project open mic night.

Little Mistake    
By Roland Downey
Grade Eleven, The Putney School

I haven’t got a temperature,
My mind is sharp and clear,
And yet I am quite sure,
There’s something wrong up here.

I’m hoping you can help me, doctor,
I’ve got a problem now.
My head keeps getting hotter,
And my ear is turning brown.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Young Writers Project: They

Recorded live at The Grammar School, at an open mic night that Wells herself helped set up.

They
By Wells Mundell-Wood
Grade Five, The Grammar School

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Young Writers Project: Kindergarten Reading

Kindergarten Reading
By Matthew Blow
Grade Eleven, Mount Mansfield Union High

The last time I took my ability to speak for granted I was reading a book to kindergartners.
Two of them.
Both boys, both with with blond hair.
One seemed to be perpetually angry at the world.
He didn't talk much.
He probably spent the entire time I was reading plotting to take over the world.

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The Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Young Writers Project: Thoughts Colored Blegh

The Young Writers Project poem this week is by Luna Skeet Browning of Sharon Academy titled Thoughts Colored Blegh.

Luna writes: Although I'm lucky to be going to a friendly, supportive school, I hear lots of stories about other schools where situations are a bit more bleak. This inspired me to write the poem, adding a reminder at the end that sometimes the darkest times and the happiest times can exist side by side.

Thoughts Colored Blegh
by Luna Skeet Browning
Tenth Grade, Sharon Academy

Sidewalk colored stone leads to

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Young Writers Project: Think

Think
By Ali Schneider
Grade Ten, Rutland High School

Are you that kid who over thinks the way you just crossed the street?
You wonder if the teenager in the car waiting at the red light mocks your fierce and awkward gallop to cross the street while balancing all your bags.

Are you that kid who gets lost in class, not because you weren’t trying to pay attention, but because a remark made ten minutes ago is still revolving around your head?
Do you come home from the day to stare at your wall, zoning through every detail, thought, movement, and glare?

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Young Writers Project: I Am The River

I Am the River
By Maddie Aho
Grade Five, The Grammar School

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Young Writers Project
3:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Young Writers Project: I Wonder Why I Wonder

I Wonder Why I Wonder
By Jacob Surks
Grade Five, Browns River Middle School

 I wonder why I wonder?
         I wonder if a plane could fly to the edge of the atmosphere?
         It would be cool but can it be done?
         I wonder... I wonder
         I wonder if you could drain the ocean with a milk jug?
         The problem is where would the water go?
        

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