connecting teen poets around the globe
Approximately one billion people in the world are teenagers. Therefore, there are approximately one billion teenage poets in the world, young adults who can inspire and shape the world through their writing. Teenagers are often labeled as disaffected, disgruntled, and disengaged. However, we see numerous teens around the around the world striving to effect positive change. And frankly, if you are feeling a bit disaffected, that's okay too. The world is complex and tough, and it can be doubly so for teens. One elixir for the disillusionment and frustrations we face is the potency of poetry. Focusing on the four following prompts: Where I'm From, What I Carry, Why I Laugh, and What I Wish, One Billion Poets invites all aspiring poets to connect with each other and to share and reflect on each other's poems. We hope you will all see that although we certainly come from very diverse backgrounds-- sometimes extraordinarily different-- we all share many of the same dreams, burdens, loves, hopes, and emotions. Whether you live in Tunisia or Detroit, Moscow or Mexico City, we believe you all have something salient and beautiful to say about the teenage experience in the 21st century.
The creator of One Billion poets teaches English at an independent school in California.
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