PageSlayers Session One is a Wrap!

From Mail Art & Yoga to Reverse Lipographs & Open-Mics, Our Campers SLAYED.

 Writing a letter to his new pen pal; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Writing a letter to his new pen pal; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Over the last three weeks, so many wonderful things have happened in Opa-Locka with our PageSlayers. Read on for highlights, cute pics, and awe-inspiring words!

SIDEXSIDE Pilot a success!

During our first week, we had the amazing Elia Khalaf come in and lead our students in zine-making, as well as workshops on mail art. As part of our collaboration with EXILE Books, he, along with founder PageSlayers Dana De Greff, led our campers in the art of writing letters, the epistolary form (poetry in the form of letters), and they even designed the VERY FIRST OPA-LOCKA STAMP! Our PageSlayers wrote letters to kids in Little Haiti in collaboration with Gang Alternative, and the results were magical...

 PageSlayers' letters and stamps; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

PageSlayers' letters and stamps; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

 Ms. Shameka reads a letter with camper, Kourtney; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Ms. Shameka reads a letter with camper, Kourtney; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

 Mr. Elia leads campers in the art of stamps; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Mr. Elia leads campers in the art of stamps; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

 Old Opa-Locka City Hall, colored in by a student, then transformed into a stamp; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Old Opa-Locka City Hall, colored in by a student, then transformed into a stamp; photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

 Combining an element from each individual's stamp, our PageSlayers colellectively created the very first Opa-Locka stamp!

Combining an element from each individual's stamp, our PageSlayers colellectively created the very first Opa-Locka stamp!

Poetry with Roger Reeves

“Poetry is different from a story, or a movie.” During our second week of camp we had renowned poet Roger Reeves as a guest artist; he started the morning discussing the question many of us ask ourselves all the time: what is poetry? Our kids came up with great responses like “sometimes it rhymes, and sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it talks about what it’s doing.”

 PageSlayer Jalahn thinking hard with Mr. Reeves

PageSlayer Jalahn thinking hard with Mr. Reeves

Then they came up with a list of “a” words to form a reverse lipograph: instead of omitting letters or words, they were challenfed to include words with the letter “a” to make their “A” poems.

 Class pic with Mr. Reeves!

Class pic with Mr. Reeves!

Here’s a sample of what they came up with:

Asia Brennen

Jalahn Panda aloud and crazy,

alive as a crab

Outlasts a shark

that laughs in the water

sassy and mean

all around that land

Awesome water and crazy

Thanks, Samantha.

 

Jalahn Hudson

A car and a flag

apple dancing and I am

as small as an apple

and a baby that’s leaping

imagine a sassy baby

imagine a cat that has feathers

laying candy

that has parents and a dragon

 

We also had some yoga!

 Yoga burrito? Photo credit: Maria Esquinca

Yoga burrito? Photo credit: Maria Esquinca

Merging poetry, yoga, and mediation, our last week included a visit from poet and yogi, Becca Medevin, who said "yoga, meditation, and writing offer us life-changing tools. It is a gift to be able to share these tools with the PageSlayers students."

 Slayers do the downward dog!

Slayers do the downward dog!

Our Slayers listened to their breathing, stretched, moved, wrote, and shared from the heart, coming up with some wonderful words and physical expressions of poetry.

And a beautiful and awe-inspiring open-mic

 Keep in touch, Session One Slayers! Photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Keep in touch, Session One Slayers! Photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

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And of course, many thanks to our partners at the OLCDC, Thrive Innovation District, The Knight Foundation, Miami Dade Community Grants, the WaveMaker Grants, Locust Projects and Andy Warhol Foundation, and EXILE Books! We love you! 

 Happy to be reading, writing, and making new friends photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles

Happy to be reading, writing, and making new friends photo credit: Alex Delbeau-Charles