Are you a K-12 student in Pima, Santa Cruz or Cochise County and interested in submitting to our poetry contest, which runs through July 16? Or a parent, teacher, or favorite adult who wants to integrate poetry into your kids' lives? Maybe you'd like some inspiration? Enjoy these three age-appropriate creative writing workshops created by teaching artist Lisa M. O'Neill, and featuring work by Naomi Shihab Nye and Elizabeth Alexander:
Lisa M. O'Neill is an essayist and journalist who writes about social justice issues, politics, and popular culture with an intersectional lens. She is the founder, host, and producer of The MATRIARCHITECTS, a podcast and platform which highlights change-makers who are building a culture that respects, values, and celebrates women. A native New Orleanian and current desert dweller, Lisa received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona, where she taught writing in the English Department for a decade. She teaches in-person and online community writing workshops and designs and leads classes as a teaching artist in juvenile detention. She also works with writers as an editor and creativity usher, helping them discover their stories and and usher them onto the page. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Media, Bustle, Diagram, defunct, Edible Baja Arizona, Everyday Feminism, The Feminist Wire, GOOD, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Terrain.org, and The Washington Post, among others.