The first-ever IYWP Farmers’ Market Reading in Iowa City last Saturday was a huge success! Big thanks to all who came out to hear the 8- to 12-year-old writers of the IYWP Abracadabra Shazam Summer Camp read their poems, stories and spells. Whether or not you made it to the reading, you should definitely stop by Prairie Lights Bookstore to pick up the latest IYWP publication: a deck of Abracadabra Shazam MAGICAL WRITING CARDS! They’re full color, they feature the writing and art of this summer’s IYWP participants, and they’re sure to amaze, amuse, and inspire you. Special thanks to the Farmers’ Market for the great venue, and to IYWPers Ashley Colley, Zora Hurst, Adrienne Raphel, and Catherine Blauvelt for their super-heroic work in making the entire IYWP summer camp a reality!
Read more about the reading, the IYWP, and the summer camp in the Press-Citizen HERE!
Check out some photos of the reading and the camp HERE!
And…. enjoy an IYWP “Poetry Exclusive” below! 17-year-old Zora Hurst is an amazing young poet and artist who participated in the IYWP “Poemics” workshop in North Liberty in Fall 2011 and the IYWP / Working Group Theatre / Mission Creek Festival “Poetry Pro-Am” workshop and performance at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in Spring 2012. This summer, she was an IYWP High School Intern, taking a leadership role alongside Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates Catherine Blauvelt, Adrienne Raphel, and Ashley Colley to plan and implement the IYWP “Abracadabra Shazam!” Summer Writing Camp. At the IYWP Farmers’ Market reading this past Saturday, Zora followed the campers’ readings with a poem of her own, and her reflection was the perfect ending to the IYWP summer. She was generous enough to share the text with us, so we could publish it for those who couldn’t make it to the reading to enjoy: