This November, 826DC is thrilled to publish our very first compendium: a collection of the best of the best from our first five years. To celebrate the release here on the blog we will be posting a weekly podcast consisting of selections from the book, read aloud by students, volunteers, staff, and other friends of 826DC. So find a comfy spot and get ready to listen, savor, and share the words of our most inspiring young authors. This project is made possible in part by support from AT&T Aspire.
You Will Be Able to Say a Thousand Words collects the best writing from 826DC’s first five years of running fun and unique writing-based programs. Spanning genres and styles, students ages 6-18 imagine dangers on the high seas, struggles with bullying, and mourn loved ones. From advice to their former selves to advice for the reader, students begin a journey that starts on the page and ends in the boundlessness of the imagination.
This week’s featured piece from the collection is “My Neighborhood” by Anthony, first published in You Need a Hat. You Can Do Anything. Reading it for us is Sujan Sedhai, a member of the intrepid Editorial Board who helped select the great works you’ll find in this collection.
When I think of my neighborhood I think about food and different restaurants. I wish there were fewer scary people and scary things. I wish that my neighborhood was full of people who helped each other instead of hurting each other. I wish that people could leave their houses at 9:00 pm and not have to carry a knife or a chain or some sort of weapon.