This month, Write253, with help from our friends at the Remann Hall Book Club, started a writing club at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Tacoma. Twice monthly, we will be conducting workshops with the young men and women incarcerated there.
To get some sense of how this project came about, it should be noted that the young people there asked for it to happen. We went to the center in April to record a handful of young men who had written poems. We promised to get their words out, and played three of them at Louder Than a Bomb-Tacoma, but there was a sense that we could do more and the young people asked if we’d come back and write with them. After some time figuring out the schedule, we were able to get going in mid-August. Each youth received a writing book that they keep with them when we are not there, and we’ve heard from staff that they have their books out a lot. We are looking forward to see what they have been working on in the two weeks since our last meeting.
Working a RH reminds us that writers aren’t always in traditional classrooms and at our center. We feel honored to be able to work with these young writers, some of whom are perhaps being asked for the first time to record how they see the world and their place in it.
Here is a link to a Soundcloud page with all the poems we recorded for LTAB. Thank you for taking the time to check it out.