YWP Newsletter -9/9/19

(photo credit by Abriatis)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you haven't had too much homework over the weekend. Teachers always tend to get a little enthusiastic about giving out assignments right after summer break.
Recently I found a good quote from spiritual author turned political candidate Marianne Williamson that I thought you might like to keep in mind over the next week as school keeps coming.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us."

-Marianne Williamson

YWP News:
  • The Community Journalism Project is here! Thanks to the grant that YWP received, there will be a lot of new challenges and ideas to help get you out in your community. Check out this special issue of the Voice for more information!
  • The Writing on the Roof series is continuing! The first one this school year is the Listen Up project. Bess O'Brien is traveling Vermont looking for young adults to help her write a musical about being a teenager! I would highly suggest attending. It is on September 14 from 10 to noon at the Karma Bird House in Burlington.
  • As part of the Voices for Change program, Hazel Civalier and Sophie Dauerman will be hosting a Soundcheck about Climate Justice at Burlington City Arts on the 19th of September from 6-8 pm. This is in preparation for the September 20 Global Climate Strike.
  • Check out the new weekly writing challenges from YWP!
  • The 2019-2020 Community Leader list has been announced! Check it out here.
  • Come to the Anthology 10 celebration on October 6! It is a great event full of wonderful writing and friends. If you plan on coming, please RSVP!
  • On September 24, make sure to stop by American Flatbread in Burlington VT for a benefit bake for YWP!

As usual, regulars can feel free to skip the intro.

Welcome to the YWP Newsletter! These weekly newsletters are curated and created by a team of Community Leaders, who, along with many others, recommend work for publication, create challenges, give feedback, and do some writing of our own! This newsletter is a highlight of our favorite work from each week, creative, insightful, entertaining, sometimes focusing on a certain theme... we aim for variety in our collection each week to reflect and engage that of the many writers, artists, photographers and musicians of YWP. We, as the editors, hope to give the creators of YWP a wider audience, provide the busy members a taste of each week's pieces, and share some that we particularly loved with you. Please become a returning reader: check out the other newsletters, and share the link with many others who may enjoy it!

This week's featured authors and photographers are Abriatis, PeachesMalone, firegirl, Leah.W, irishjayne, Treblemaker, k.daigle, Emalie Rosamae and firegirl

YWP Is...
By PeachesMalone

Young Writers Project is 
A spell
Cast by people 
With beautiful sentences
Shards of paragraphs
Revolving under a chandelier 
Inside their heads
A spell
That lasts 
As long as you want it to

Young Writers Project is
A night sky
Utterly perfected
Sculpted by words
And love 

Love for human mistakes
And potential
Lovely ideas 
And lovely people

Young Writers Project 
Is a miracle 
That we don't always appreciate

Young Writers Project is
You wish you could hold
Like a pet you can cradle
In your arms
Keeping you warm
And listening
Whenever you have something to say

Young Writers Project is



Love is My Color
By firegirl

Freedom has no color,
Rights own no gender,
Respect sees no age
and love knows no religion.
A perfect world.
a one we can work to,
the one that’s at the
back of everyone’s minds.
a Noticeable Fact:
all of a person’s heart
can win over hatred.
Love is a tangled garden
reaching for the stars.
The stars know no hate.
why not us?
The heat of a heart,
so hot sometimes it burns,
a passion deep inside you
from a holy place.
You are a feather.
A flimsy piece of cloth
blowing away on the wind.
Washing away in the current of life.
Gently warm the pieces of your heart,
no, put them in the coals.
Let them catch fire.
A flame possesses no fear of no or hate.
and what of Death?
Death has no color,
Death knows no sex or religion,
no age, wealth or ability.
I know what we are.
A rainbow.
a spectrum of color
spilling over the world.
There is no “bad” color,
no “wrong” sex or “hateful” faith.
But freedom...
Freedom is my religion.

(photo credit by Leah W.)
Please Ask For Directions...
By Treblemaker

can you please hear more quietly
       can you taste with no spice.
              can you please hear my smell
                    can you lie down upright?
I don't ask for much,
       just taste all around
           breath in all the noise
                    and talk without sound.
can you smell all the colors
        and see without sight
                just hear when its quite
                       and touch the sunlight
please stand up while sitting
         bend down while upright
                 can you switch right and left
                       and then shrink to new hight.
 Of course you can! You know I am right...
                now look without seeing, and lie down upright.

(photo credit by irishjayne)


It still blows my mind that the 2010's will be over in three months.

I just got a puppy, her name is Maple, she says hello
-Emalie Rosamae

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
- Malala Yousafzai