YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Old Town Road

In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our next instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, associate editor at Pizza Pi Press, and the reviews editor at Winter Tangerine.



My class is most def “Old Town Road.” I mean, it's obvious. Talking Back Through Writing is weird, genre-defying, and undeniably bumps. I mean, what else can I say, we got the horses in the back, we gonna write till we can't no more, and hopefully (fingers crossed here), we’ll all be harmonizing “Can't nobody tell me nothin’ / You can't tell me nothin [unless it’s a useful edit, I actually really appreciate those]’” by the end of the summer. As a country-trap fan, I aspire for all the writers in the workshop to have the same kind of confidence that Lil Nas X brings to his work.



Instructor Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah’s Talking Back Through Writing begins Monday, August 12th. Sign up today! Scholarships are available.


Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston, MA. He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the current Walltalk teaching artist at the Institute of Contemporary in Boston. He is an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press, and the reviews editor at Winter Tangerine. Emmanuel has had work published in The Hartford Courant, Narrative Northeast, and Bird's Thumb. While writing this personal biography, Emmanuel realized he was referring to himself in the third person. This upset him. He chose to write a list of some things that make him happy instead: hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, the long sigh at the end of a good book.

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Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston (Massachusetts). He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the current Walltalk teaching artist at the Institute of Contemporary, Boston. He is an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press, and the reviews editor at Winter Tangerine. Emmanuel has had work published in The Hartford Courant, Narrative Northeast, and Bird's Thumb. While writing this personal biography, Emmanuel realized he was referring to himself in the third person. This upset him. He chose to write a list of some things that make him happy instead: hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, the long sigh at the end of a good book.

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