The Los Angeles native was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in children. He gained wide recognition for his works on fighting the illness.
Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
“It sounds so aggressive, the idea of a poetry slam. But it’s actually kind of been dubbed the friendliest competition in town,” says Woosh Kinaadeiyi Poetry Grand Slam co-founder Christy NaMee Eriksen.
Poetry Out Loud – now in its 10th year, the competition begins in classrooms, goes school-wide, statewide and eventually culminates in Washington, D.C., for the national championship. Watch Thursday March 12th following Gavel Alaska, Saturday at 9:00 p.m. on online at 360 North.
Tonight, the 2015 poems and their authors will be presented at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
Ishmael Hope’s first book of poetry titled “Courtesans of Flounder Hill” will be released Sunday.
Longtime Alaska photographer Mark Kelley and writer Nick Jans have teamed up to create a children’s book.