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We are a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation. We do this at five sites, including our newest weekly workshop with incarcerated adults at the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

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We are a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation. We do this at five sites, including our newest weekly workshop with incarcerated adults at the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

    Kite 8

    Kite 8

    KITE:
    A. A NOTE PASSED FROM AN INMATE TO AN INMATE IN ANOTHER CELL OR TO A GUARD
    B. UNDERGROUND WRITING’S AUDIO ZINE FEATURING STUDENT WRITING
    Matt shares student writing from the e-workshops at the Skagit County Community Justice Center site.


    Finding Hope (excerpt) - Garrett

    Helping - C.

    Seven Aphorisms - Michael

    I Need You to Unlock Heaven's Door - Kyle

    Being locked up - Leland

    Fulfillment of Last Laugh - Joshua

    My Answer - Brian


    Underground Writing: a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

    • 9 min
    Recollection

    Recollection

    It’s been something—this year of 2020: the pandemic, the quarantine, the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, the wildfires currently occurring up and down the west coast, the looming November election . . . It’s been a year of great challenges, and a year of hope for true and lasting change.  How will this year—and how will we—be remembered?  In this episode, Matt and Alvin read pieces circling the theme of remembrance, written before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Additionally, they share a summary overview of the situation for Underground Writing, as well as program updates, forthcoming projects, and great news about a just-announced grant.



    LINKS OF INTEREST:



    'Last Will and Testament' – Sherman Alexie 

    'No Many of Them, It's True' – Gregory Orr (part of the “The World Has Need of You” collection)

    'Orpheus and Eurydice: A Lyric Sequence' – Gregory Orr

    'Poetry as Survival' – Gregory Orr

    'Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes' - Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Steven Mitchell)



    Hope in These Times:  e-deliverable writing worksheet



    Underground Writing’s active writing workshops:


    Mount Vernon Migrant Leaders Club in the Mount Vernon School District
    Skagit County Community Justice Center
    Skagit County Juvenile Detention
    Skagit Valley Recovery Site (hosted by Brigid Collins)
    YMCA Oasis Daylight Center



    The Change list of suggested books 


    Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds
    I'm Still Here: Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown
    The Vintage Hughes - Langston Hughes
    Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
    The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck

    Letters to a Young Inmate is in the home stretch, launching later 2020



    Academy of American Poets

    Community of American Magazines and Presses

    National Book Foundation



    COVID 19 pandemic

    PNW wildfire smoke



    Underground Writing: a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

    • 29 min
    Separate Rooms

    Separate Rooms

    To say that the Coronavirus has changed things is an understatement. The world is in a state of forced improvisation. Things have been quite different for us, too, during the quarantine. In this episode, Matt provides a summary overview of the situation for Underground Writing, program updates and adaptations, and shares new student writing created in response to the current COVID-19 era.

    LINKS OF INTEREST:
    The Decameron – Giovanni Boccaccio

    David Budbill

    Lucille Clifton

    Underground Writing News & Photos

    What No One Ever Tells You

    Underground Writing: a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

    • 14 min
    Community Spotlight: Elizabeth Riley, graduate student

    Community Spotlight: Elizabeth Riley, graduate student

    BEFORE any stay-at-home orders were in effect, Elizabeth Riley joined Matt and Alvin in the studio to talk about her research project, the high school classroom vs leading a creative writing workshop with UW, and how she navigated a love of reading/writing into a career. Elizabeth is a graduate student at Gardner-Webb University, researching the effect/outcome of Underground Writing’s workshops on the individual level.

    • 24 min
    Icarus Moment

    Icarus Moment

    “Club Icarus” is a poem by Matthew W. Miller that was brought in to UW writing workshops at the Skagit County Community Justice Center.
    Elizabeth Riley, local high school teacher and grad student, joins Matt and Alvin in the studio to explore the myth of Icarus.
    LINKS OF INTEREST:

    Hadestown

    Mythology by Edith Hamilton

    Myth of Icarus

    Club Icarus by Matthew W. Miller


    Underground Writing: a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

    Note: As you know, friends, our program is focused on providing creative writing workshops that promote writing, reading, self-discovery, and voice amplification in a variety of community settings.  Because of the current health threats presented by the coronavirus to our students and the Underground Writing family of workers and volunteers, we are suspending all workshop activity for the time being.  In doing so, we are following county, state, and national mandates for precautionary measures.  A variety of Underground Writing projects and administrative functions will continue via independent tasks and meetings conducted via e-mail and video conference.  We will keep you updated as the days and weeks progress.  Thank you for your interest and impact on our students and the Underground Writing community.  Keep listening.  Keep healthy and safe.

    • 19 min
    Kite 7: Susanne Antonetta, Teaching Writer

    Kite 7: Susanne Antonetta, Teaching Writer

    KITE:
    A. A NOTE PASSED FROM AN INMATE TO AN INMATE IN ANOTHER CELL OR TO A GUARD
    B. UNDERGROUND WRITING’S AUDIO ZINE FEATURING STUDENT WRITING
    Susanne Antonetta, UW Teaching Writer and editor of the Bellingham Review, shares student writing from the workshops at Skagit County Community Justice Center.


    I Have to Swallow the Time by C

    Ode to My Socks by Robin

    I Have Been Known by Alison

    I Have Been Known by Hannah

    I Have Been Known by anonymous

    Dear ICE by Adriana

    Dear System by Robert

    I Have Been Known by Marcus

    I Have Been Known by Patrick


    Underground Writing: a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

    • 13 min

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