It's a Wrap!

The bittersweet truth: PageSlayers' second summer has come to a close...but this year’s campers slayed all day, every day! This summer was all about experimentation and playing with different forms, writing processes, and modes of creativity. The campers delved into found poetry, ekphrasis, mail art, yoga, zine making, screenwriting, and even made their own broadsides and postage stamps! Read on for our summer recap and fun pics from our end-of-the-summer show!

 PageSlayers' last day of camp!

PageSlayers' last day of camp!

A found poem, by a camper who wishes to remain anonymous:

Arizona blooms the holidays to get natural instinct.

“Think, the fortress won’t charm kingdoms,”  the secret girl explained.

“Dream, stronger, sleep best,” the King said.

“Drift for pure art and feeling,” the guard said.

“Dares of sympathetic heads of dead kings,” the native war spider stated.

“Pay your God, you’re not welcome. Pay him with your life,” the spider said.

The spider ate the girl.

 An example of a broadside based on the theme of "my shadow" by PageSlayer, Jazzie.

An example of a broadside based on the theme of "my shadow" by PageSlayer, Jazzie.

A multitude of guest artists visited this summer from different professional fields within creative writing and art. We had the chance to learn about reverse lithographic poetry from author Roger Reeves, film and screenwriting from local filmmaker April Dobbins, mail art and zine making from visual artist Elia Khalaf, broadside creation from artist Najja Moon, and the integration of yoga and poetry from writer and meditation instructor, Becca Medevin.

 Najja Moon and Bianca Garcia work with Slayers on their broadsides!

Najja Moon and Bianca Garcia work with Slayers on their broadsides!

The students enjoyed acting out their own screenplays, writing pen pals in Little Haiti, practicing meditation, and doing awesome collaborative work with one another during workshop. It was so exciting to see them open up, visualize the reality of creative professions, and consider how they themselves can become working artists.

 A pre-meditation to calm nerves before the summer show!

A pre-meditation to calm nerves before the summer show!

Our students’ ability to create in a professional sense was underscored this summer by the release of one of our PageSlayers' first book! Javan Allison, a student at Norwood Elementary who attended our inaugural session and this year’s second session, co-authored the children’s book The Adventures of Javan and the 3 A’s.

 Javan, our first published Slayer, receives his certificate!

Javan, our first published Slayer, receives his certificate!

This summer also brought along the Maroon Poetry Festival, a special event rooted in empowering and uplifting Miami through literature, especially within Liberty City. One of our past students, Avery, was able to perform his poetry in front of a large audience, and it was beautiful to see his confidence bloom on stage. While this summer went by quickly, we are so happy with how everything came together and we feel extremely grateful to be running a program that fosters a community of young writers of color. 

 Art in progress!

Art in progress!

And of course, we could never have accomplished so much without the incredible support we’ve received from the Knight Foundation, the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation, Thrive Innovation District, the Miami Foundation, Locust Projects, Miami Dade County, the Miami Foundation, EXILE Books, our students, and all of amazing our instructors and guest artists.

 Great advice from a Slayer: "stop thinking and do some writing"!

Great advice from a Slayer: "stop thinking and do some writing"!

In next few months, we'll be taking a "break" (preparing for next year’s program!) and launching our collaborative SIDEXSIDE project with EXILE books. Watch out for news about both, join our newsletter for updates, and stay slaying. Scroll through for highlights from our end-of-the-summer Open Mic!

 Welcome to PageSlayers' 2018 showcase!

Welcome to PageSlayers' 2018 showcase!

 A packed house of family and friends!

A packed house of family and friends!

 Slayers taking a bow!

Slayers taking a bow!

 Family reading through their campers' writing.

Family reading through their campers' writing.

 A proud parent reads through  VIVA! The Golden Summer , the PageSlayers 2018 anthology.

A proud parent reads through VIVA! The Golden Summer, the PageSlayers 2018 anthology.

 PageSlayers Anthology + pizza = magic.

PageSlayers Anthology + pizza = magic.