826DC had a fabulous time at the 2018 Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) release party, the first of our three-date book tour. Our gracious hosts at the new Wharf location of Politics & Prose welcomed students from the SEED School of Washington and their guests for a night of social justice poetry. The young authors each read two poems from their newly-released book, Spit Fire, and signed books after the showcase.
This is the eighth year that 826DC has helped students produce a professional-grade publication through the YABP program. Each year, YABP connects students from one DC school with writing mentors to draft, edit, design, and produce an anthology of student writing. This year, students in Topher Kandik’s class at SEED chose social justice poems as the anthology’s theme, and included work that touched on racial justice, gender equality, and the power of being a student.
The poets were proud to present their beautiful work and we want to thank all the staff, mentors, volunteers, and family members who came out to support these young writers. You can buy a copy of Spit Fire here, and you can still join us for our two other events in our Spit Fire book tour:
June 6, 7-9 PM at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St NW)
June 14, 5:30-7 PM at Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St NW)
Each year, 826DC helps over 3,000 DC children discover their talents and love for reading and writing. You can help amplify these necessary voices by continuing to support our organization here.
We can’t wait to share this important collection with our 826DC family who made it all possible. Thank you for your continued support!
Update: We are inching closer to our goal of $20,000 at the end of June! 826DC thanks you for all of your support — but we still need your help to continue supporting student voices in the city. Donate today!