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my prose poem

on writing poems


i steal away phrases from my mother’s gray hair.
drawing similes out of midair, i am the magician and my poem is the rabbit fresh out of the hat.

the time has come for the final trick.

god dictates while i scribble, and
every line feels holy like
they have taken the alphabet
and dipped it in wine.

words creep up my neck like spiders
in the night time
all i can do is hope for one to bite.


Alex Springer Photo

Great shot by Thomas Dang Vu. Congrats Steven Paul #AWawards #alwayshandpaint @colossalmedia (at Williamsburg Bridge)

Lost Time
Scholastic Awards & Colossal Media massive, hand-painted mural of high school senior and 2014 Gold Medalist Steven Paul’s photograph, “Lost Time.” (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
More photos: Street Art, Colossal Media

My work made the front page of the Scholastics art and Writing website! #awesome 
Original here

Nbc nightly news! Cool little story about the #scholastic mural. #awawards #alwayshandpaint @colossalmedia (at Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

got myself a nice medal for my national silver scholastics #AWawards

DAY 2: The second day I was in NY I went to the Guggenheim and attended the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The winners got to go backstage and everything and the guest speakers were fashion designer Zac Posen and Nick Cannon #tbt #AWawards


Have you seen this remarkable video about the talented teen photographer Steven Paul, his muse, and the mural recreating his art?

Seriously, go watch. 

Visit and the Art & Writing awards site for more information.

Calling all HS poets!


Tell your HS students about this Studio 360 Show summer poetry contest. I’m the judge! 

More info HERE. 

This year at National Events we wanted to hear your thoughts, inspirations, and aspirations. You shared those with us, and more, with this fun activity board! Every Monday we will be sharing a few blocks of your responses to give everyone a little #MondayMotivation!

High Line is doing a 90s themed teen night… Info above. 
Be a Changemaker! The Scholastic Awards and 3D Systems bring you the START.WRITE.NOW! 3D Design Challenge! Create a 3D digital design that transforms conventional forms of art and writing, inspires change in your community.
The ChallengeSubmit a 3D digital design made with FREE Cubify Software or other digital platforms by August 1, 2014. The most original design using Cubify software wins a Sense 3D Scanner! The best overall design wins $50!
How to SubmitFor detailed information on how to submit, visit the START.WRITE.NOW! 2014 webpage. All submissions are due by August 1, 2014.
3D Systems and the Scholastic AwardsIn 2012 3D Systems partnered with the Scholastic Awards to sponsor the Future New category. The Future New Award challenges students to express bold, innovative ideas using new mediums and technologies like 3D printing. Take a look at the 2014 3D Systems Future New Medalists HERE!
Above artwork by Eric Voorhis, Visual Representations of Audio Files (Various Artists). 2014 3D Systems Future New Gold Medalist.

poppydichotomy asked: Hiya--I was wondering about notification for Best Teen Writing? I'd heard those selected have already been told, but at the exhibition the description for my piece's display (in the "listen up" area) indicated it was going to be featured in the anthology -- is there any validity to that? Thank you!

Thanks for your message! While we are still finalizing the selections of The Best Teen Writing of 2014, we will notify students of the selections by mail this August.