Young Writers Project

Weekly On VPR.net

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

Each week, VPR features a submission - an essay, poem, fiction of nonfiction - accompanied by a photo or illustration from the Young Writers Project.

The Young Writers Project provides VPR's audience another avenue to hear and read selections from Vermont's young writers. The thoughts and ideas expressed here are the writers' own and do not necessarily reflect those of Vermont Public Radio.

The collaboration is organized by Susan Reid of Young Writers Project and Vermont Public Radio.

Fine Is An Ugly Word

Mar 11, 2013

Clara Henderson, a freshman at The Sharon Academy:

I am surrounded by talented people, who seem to knows what they want to do in life. Sometimes, I can't help but wonder How am I special? What will I do with my life? No one wants to be normal. So basically, this poem is about finding what's special about you, and the determination to do something in your life.

Simplicity

Feb 25, 2013

Olivia writes: This poem was inspired by the concept that in a world of light, love goes unseen. Although, to a soul that has experienced darkness and pain, love stands out and is more powerful. I am inspired by my family.

Puns

Feb 18, 2013

;My Language Arts teacher was trying to explain how light works, and said something about, lsquo;If your hand was somehow turned invisible, it wouldn't exist.rsquo; Which scared the heck out of me and made no sense. So I went home and wrote a poem about how that made me feel, and I kind of ended up ranting about a bunch of things that I thought were scary and ridiculous. ;

The Pixie

Jan 14, 2013

Magician Boy

Jan 7, 2013

The Sand

Dec 17, 2012

Ada writes: My inspiration for this poem was a picture, one of the YWP prompts. It's a picture of a girl sitting down and leaning on her arm, her hair blowing in the wind. Beneath her, mostly covered by her shadow, is a heart drawn in the sand. The prompt had already passed by, but I decided to post this poem, which began writing itself in my mind anyway.

The Sand
by Ada Case
Grade 6, Edmunds Middle School

Better Than Running At Night

Dec 10, 2012

When I was in my sophomore year, I went on a writing kick. That same year I started night running and it helped deal with a bunch of my problems. Writing is another outlet for me so the two naturally came together.

Better Than Running at Night
By Bianca Caputo
Grade 12, Hazen Union High School

Nightmare Clouds

Dec 3, 2012

This piece was written beneath the clouds, and has since been chosen for publication in the YWP anthology. This recording was made from a live reading at our anthology release party in front of a hushed crowd of over 150 people.

Nightmare Clouds
by Coyote Farrell
Grade 8, Richmond Middle School

Jessica Austin

Nov 26, 2012
Jessica Austin

Jessica Austin is a junior at Essex High School. Of her writing, she says, I write all the time, forming little half stories or even one-liners in my head.

Unimpaired
by Jessica Austin

I Became A God At Breakfast

Nov 19, 2012

Margaret Slate, a sophomore at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, says this about writing: ;My reason for writing is simple: it lets me express feelings that nothing else can. I've always loved to draw, but my abilities, or lack thereof, hinder my attempts to really show how I feel. Writing comes so naturally and flows easily when I'm feeling strongly about something. I love the way the words flow, and the exhilaration of new thoughts expanding and blossoming on paper is such an indescribable feeling.;

Noa Urbaitel, a sophomore at CVU, has been writing since she could speak, which, as her parents can tell you, has been far too long. She loves writing poetry and has been told many times by her teachers that she has a gift for detail in her writing. This piece was hastily jotted down based on an exceptional moment during an otherwise routine morning at play rehearsal.


The Weight of Your Arm and The Sight of Your Eyes
by Noa Urbaitel
10th Grade, CVU

Waiting for the Stars to Come Out

Nov 5, 2012

Sophie writes: Poetry changed the way I look at the world. When I write, the words just pour out from inside of me and when I step back and look at what I have written, I can finally understand what I'm feeling. This piece of writing was written for one person, but is about far more. It's about distance time and love, and all the patience and confusion and waiting and waiting and waiting that loving someone who is far away, means.

Waiting for the Stars to Come Out
by Sophie Heyerdahl, Grade 10
Champlain Valley Union High School

Confectionary Reminiscence

Oct 30, 2012

Zoe Riell, a 9th grade home schooler from Poultney, wrote this poem while “thinking about the whimsicality of being in love during the hyperactive and crazy teenage years.”

Confectionary Reminiscence
By Zoe Riell
Grade 9, Homeschool, Poultney

Slam for the Slammed

Oct 30, 2012

Julia Seaman, a sophomore at Hanover High School, says, "Writing, especially poetry, allows me to express my feelings and thoughts in a way I can't when I'm just talking. My truest voice comes out when I write."

It's the simple explanation
by Julia Seaman
Grade 10, Hanover High School

Comes Crashing

Oct 30, 2012

Elizabeth Cummin, a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, says, "I write in order to communicate with my otherwise very jumbled brain.”

Comes Crashing
By Elizabeth Cummin
Grade 11, Mount Mansfield Union High School

I am desperate in the way that rain falls
and flows and finds a stream and binds to other rain and falls;
I'm desperate in the way that horses run when wind comes
and their manes dance and their hooves fall with the rain and the wind
comes
crashing, I am desperate

Kilkarkee Fair

Oct 29, 2012

Aliza writes: The first idea of 'Kilkarkee Fair' began forming while I made my bed one morning,when the phrase 'One day as I traveled' began revolving in my mind.It seemed like a good way to start a poem, and I kept repeating it, trying to decide just where I had traveled. Line by line, I continued the stanza, telling a story inspired by the old Scottish ballad 'Tam Lin.' Though I completed it with pen and paper, 'Kilkarkee Fair' was born in the time-honored tradition of a ballad--as a story spoken aloud.

Kilkarkee Fair
by Aliza Silverstein, Grade 11

Slam for the Slammed

Oct 15, 2012

Julia Seaman, a sophomore at Hanover High School, says, Writing, especially poetry, allows me to express my feelings and thoughts in a way I can't when I'm just talking. My truest voice comes out when I write.

It's the simple explanation
by Julia Seaman
Grade 10, Hanover High School

Comes Crashing

Oct 8, 2012

Confectionary Reminiscence

Oct 1, 2012

Zoe Riell, a 9th grade home schooler from Poultney, wrote this poem while ;thinking about the whimsicality of being in love during the hyperactive and crazy teenage years.;

Confectionary Reminiscence
By Zoe Riell
Grade 9, Homeschool, Poultney

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