ALL DAY, Saturday, April 16

Harvard-Westlake / Studio City, CA

Wider than the Sky: A Young People’s Poetry Festival
Saturday, April 16 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Harvard-Westlake Upper School

THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.

-Emily Dickinson

Wider Than The Sky is a one-day celebration of poetry on the page, on the stage, and in the world.
We invite all middle school and high school students from the greater Los Angeles area to join us for an engaging, inspiring day of workshops, panels, performances, readings, and conversations to explore and experiment with the art and craft of poetry.
The event features keynote speaker Jacqueline Woodson, named 2015 Young People’s Poet Laureate by The Poetry Foundation. Copies of her National Book Award-winning memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, will be gifted to LAUSD guests, and Woodson’s keynote will be followed by a book signing.
Also featured are acclaimed writer and educator Douglas Kearney as master of ceremonies, and a diverse group of nationally renowned poets including Entropy editor in chief Janice Lee, West Hollywood Poet Laureate Steven Reigns, and Urban Word’s Los Angeles Youth Poet Ambassador Khamal Iwuanyanwu.

Admission is free, and complimentary transportation is available to LAUSD school groups; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

RSVP required; please contact to reserve space and transportation.


Announcing Wider That The Sky’s 2016 Line-Up:

Keynote Speaker
Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming
2014 National Book Award in Young Adult Literature
2015 Young People’s Poet Laureate

Master of Ceremonies
Douglas Kearney, author of The Black Automaton and Patter
Cave Canem, Callaloo, Idyllwild, and Breadloaf Fellow
Named Notable New American Poet by The Poetry Society of America

Workshop Leaders
◆ F. Douglas Brown, author of Zero to Three
◆ Carol V. Davis, T.S. Eliot Prize winner
◆ Ashaki Jackson, author of Cante Jondo
◆ Robert Farid Karimi, National Poetry Slam Champion
◆ Janice Lee, editor in chief of Entropy 
◆ Teddy Macker, author of This World
◆ Kat Magill, founder of Say Word Los Angeles
◆ Joe Medina, photography teacher
◆ Steven Reigns, West Hollywood Poet Laureate
◆ Urban Word’s Gustavo Guerra Vasquez
& Los Angeles Youth Poet Ambassador Khamal Iwuanyanwu

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