YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: The Best of Times

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 Holly Thompson, author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, The Language Inside and Orchards, the novel Ash and picture books Twilight Chant, One Wave at a Time, and The Wakame Gatherers.

In our summer YAWP class Making Motion Poems, we'll be combining poetry and video using whatever smartphone or tablet tools we have to create moving poems. We'll study  this video  by Jamaal May of his poem "There Are Birds Here" which we'll be working with during the week, as well as his poem "I Have this Way of Being" that you can listen to here on SoundCloud. See Janet Lee's everything is poetry and listen to Sage Francis's "The Best of Times" on Spotify. See also the powerful Moving Poems videos Shoes without Feet by Caroline Rumley, My Body is Mine by Jade Anouka, and Semechki by Eta Dahlia to get a sense of the range of possibilities for blending poetry with video. Listen to the lines of Wrabel's poetry in The Village and Imogen Heap's poetry in Hide and Seek on Spotify. Bring your ideas, your words and your own visions for motion poems. See you in class!

Instructor Holly Thompson’s Making Motion Poems with Your Smartphone or Tablet begins Monday, August 5th. Sign up today! Scholarships are available.

Holly Thompson, originally from Massachusetts, is a longtime resident of Japan. She is the author of the novel Ash and three verse novels for young people: Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, The Language Inside, and Orchards, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She is also author of the picture books Twilight Chant, One Wave at a Time, and The Wakame Gatherers and she edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories, a collection of 36 Japan-related short stories, including ten in translation. She writes frequently on Japanese culture and is a columnist for the ANA inflight magazine Wingspan. A graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, she writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults, serves as Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and teaches at Yokohama City University, Boston's GrubStreet, and UC Berkeley Extension.

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About the Author

Holly Thompson is the author of the YA verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (both Delacorte/Random House), and the middle grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth (Henry Holt). She is also author of the adult novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the picture books The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's/Lee & Low) Twilight Chant (Clarion), and One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman), and the forthcoming Listening to Trees: George Nakashima, Woodworker. She compiled and edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press) to support teens in 2011 tsunami impacted areas of Tohoku. Originally from Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan, she holds a B.A. in biology and an M.A. from the NYU Creative Writing Program and serves as Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI Japan. Holly visits schools and offers workshops in the U.S., Japan and internationally, and teaches creative writing at Grub Street, Yokohama City University and U.C. Berkeley Extension.

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