Feb 15
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Nice Strangers

  One time my family, friends and I went on a trip to the west coast of San Francisco. The days were winding down like a Jack In the Box and soon the sunny, beach days would be over and we would head back to the cold, snowy winters of Burlington Vermont. The folks we were renting from had a lemon tree in the backyard, prior to that day we have picked them off and made delicious homemade lemonade.
Jan 12
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Slam Poem

  Why do people have to pretend to be someone else, other than themselves? What’s the point wasting money on stuff that goes on your face and only last for a day just to impress someone else? Changing your style so you can fit in with others. Trying to get into the new trends. Getting social media and posting things you don’t even like. It might not be all the time, but it’s most. Getting new things to show off, that they don’t even want?
Jan 08

Play, "Unknown"

[An unknown voice calls out from WYATT’s surroundings. It is monotone; a voice seemingly spoken without emotion whatsoever.]


[WYATT looks around, trying to find the source of the voice. Yet he can see nothing but his own body. WYATT is confused, but responds to the mysterious voice in a soft tone.]


Welcome to where?


To the place you’ll call home.
Dec 08

MGMC -- Women's March

This is a remarkable performance by Muslim Girls Making Change, four slam poets who are part of this community, at the Vermont chapter of the National Women's March on January 23, 2017. MGMC had an audience estimated at 14,000 in front of the Vermont State Capitol.

Nov 27
macdonae's picture

Ask/FL five years from know

Five years from know I'll be 
Gliding through the water, breathing hard, my legs will be burning 
I wish I could go far with my dream
My dream, a reality 
5 years from know I will be living my dream 
I will be  a division 1 swimmer, at a very smart school,Deerfield
 with college offers rolling in
Jumping on the block like a frog a I take  my mark and BEEP the horn yells 
The water as cold as the snow on a winter day in the middle of February 
Nov 14
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you thought

I’m sorry to tell you this
But life ain’t that kinda bliss
You’ve been acting like a priss
And it’s making people pissed

You thought that this would hurt
And I thought that this would work
And I’m sorry to tell you babe
But I’m not the one to blame

From what you have done to me
And from what i have yet to be
I thought that i’d be burnt
But I’d love if i weren’t

You said you didn’t want drama

Winter Tales is Awesome!

Thanks to all of you brave souls who submitted work for this year's Winter Tales -- a collaboration with Vermont Stage Company where selected work is presented by actors and actresses in a night of storytelling from Dec. 6-10.
Oct 30

Six out of Ten (Dodie Clark)

SoundCheck -- Nasteha

On Thursday Oct 12, 27 young people came to our workshop and open mic, part of the Voices for Change Project.

Nasteha at Lamp Shop in Burlington

Nasteha @ LampShop

Posted by Rajnii Alexander Gibson Eddins on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
This video originally posted on Facebook by Rajnii Eddins, YWP's Artistic Director. The event took place Monday, Oct. 2 at the Lamp Shop in Burlington.


Commenting -- Overview

Commenting -- or exchanging feedback -- is an important part of the Young Writers Project community. This is where you can learn the strengths and flaws of your work or where you can get, simply, some affirmation.

Sep 19

MGMC -- Johnson State Performance

This is the full performance of Muslim Girls Making Change at Johnson State College on Sept. 12, 2017. A great crowd -- people were sitting on the floor and standing in the back and sides of the venue. Great energy and active listening. And a powerful performance. 


Slam Poetry with Shasparay!

Are you into performance poetry? Want to work with one of the best slam poets in the country? Don't miss this free workshop with Shasparay!

Spectrum's Multicultural Youth Program and Young Writers Project are pleased to invite you to an afternoon with Shasparay, an award-winning slam poet from Forth Worth, Texas, who will provide you a workshop experience you will not forget. Engaging, challenging and extremely talented, Shasparay will help you reach higher!
Jul 10

Peach Juice

I know I was supposed to write a poem yesterday
I remember pushing myself into the cage that forms
between the desk & the chair
and arming myself against the page with
a single ballpoint pen. 

But instead of writing, I pulled a
sun-ripened peach from the brown paper bag that
my mother had sent me in the mail & I
walked barefoot around my room,
juice dripping down my wrist,
the first taste of peach I had this year.
Jun 09
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Wake Up America

Wake Up America

By: Balkisa Abdikadir, Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, and Kiran Waqar

Lena: September 11th, 2001
Wake up America, (gun) *pause* the enemy is here (angry and loud)
Hawa: The terrorist
Kiran: The Jihadists
Lena: Those A-rabs
Balkisa: The womanizers
Hawa: The monsters
Lena: Those Bin laden's
Kiran: The ones to watch out for
Lena: To surveil
Balkisa: To remove

Wednesday Slam -- Burlington, VT

Some YWP friends, mentors and coaches will be performing tonight at a FREE and open slam at Arts Riot in Burlington. 6-8 p.m. MGMC (Muslim Girls Making Change), Reuben Jackson, Rajnii Eddins... Any of you interested? Be there!

Vermont Young Playwrights Festival

The 2017 Vermont Young Playwrights Festival is no history but it was a fantastic, fun, inspiring, emotional two days with the best plays by Vermont middle and high school students presented on stage. The Festival is the culmination of a yearlong series of school visits -- and this year a YWP Academy online workshop -- by professional actors, directors and/or playwrights.

Live Stream of Vermont Playwrights

Welcome to Friday, the second day of the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival. Today features the best high school plays!

Speak out!

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. 
-- Albert Camus