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A student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.
"It’s not fair that people who I care a lot for are on the other side of that border I don’t Show any affection, no emotion sometimes"
A student shares finding home in two places: Mexico and Chicago.
"I am from Mexico, where the weather is hot and the people are crazy. I was born in the U.S. I only say born because I feel more Mexican than American. I grew up on the southside of Chicago, where the weather is cold and so are the people. Both of these places feel like home to me. No matter where I am – Chicago or Mexico – I am home."
Weaving together Spanish and English, a student shares the discovery of a family secret.
“I was five years old when I heard my mom and dad mention a name. “Carlos.” I wondered who they were talking about."
Fatima is a nine-year-old girl, She lives in a brown house in Detroit. She lives with her mom, dad, adorable little sister, and cool brother. She loves school. She always reads in the morning at school. Sometimes, when she is bored at the park, she draws her family on a piece of paper.
"Little cactus, peace lily flower that my mom likes White and brown curtains”
Three students write to each other.
"Dear Bryan and Christopher, You may wonder why on earth I write so small. I would tell you the same thing I tell everybody: this is how I normally write. By the way: I am fourteen years old, I am a Hispanic kid, and I love playing. Food is my passion. I eat a lot. I take care of my siblings more than I take care of myself. Drawing is my other big passion. Cars are the number one thing that I love."
A poem that celebrates being Latino
"Latino, a blooming generation of a beautiful culture With a little Sazon!"
A bilingual "I am" poem filled with conviction and courage.
"Yo un noble, respetado Soy valiente y courageous"
In this personal narrative, a student describes their family origins with an intimate point of view
"I come from a nice suit and black “shining” shoes. Beating me at bowling, every time we play. And a mom says “Be thankful for what you got, because there is someone who wants to be in your shoes.”"
In this memoir, the narrator recounts the struggle of being the bigger person in a very small space.
"Being tall, I automatically feel so close to the ceiling in close spaces, like elevators. At a point in my life I hated them. Why? Well for one, it is an enclosed space. It is so boxed in that the height is never a height where you feel short in it. It is one of those spaces where being in there just makes you feel awkward. It only makes matters worse when rude people remind me how abnormal I am."
This poem lists all of the pieces that make up the writer's whole.
"I am from a plasma ball When you clap it turns on It’s surrounded by electricity!”
In this personal narrative, a student explores growing up young and black in Chicago.
"I grew up in Chicago for a while, and I guess it became my new home. This is where you hear the noisy streets honk and yell, and you view downtown as the pretty light appears. I can definitely say Urbana is my tranquil place, but Chicago is my voice. It is where my shouts are heard every day."
A student writes about the smell, taste, and pace of their neighborhood.
"I am from Pilsen. My school was in Pilsen and most of my friends lived there, too. At night it is not the safest place to be, but it is my home. The streets smell like gasoline."
In this public narrative, a student makes the case for creating community change by building youth centers in her neighborhood.
"I took my first steps in a small farming village in the northern part of Greece named Loudias."
In this narrative, the author uses vibrant language to explore their identity, in all its complexity, through different landscapes.
"I cannot be defined as one place, one clear image in your mind."
A student finds her wings in unexpected places in this piece about the transition to college.
"The Lancaster evening was bitter cold by my Southern California girl standards..."
This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.
"It was like I was in a movie. A bad one. Moving slowly, hearing an echo of my dad’s voice, my body felt cold. My smile was gone."
In this essay, a student threads their identity across cultures, histories, and places, engaging with legacies of violence and the movement of people.
"They never think to ask if I’m Latina and they never guess I’m from Jamaica—speech lessons bleached out my accent long ago."
An ode celebrating an important figure in this student’s life.
"If my grandfather were A rainbow I would follow him Until I found a pot of gold"
This poem celebrates and mourns a taco.
"Oh, shiny, blue taco eyes, I lick the eyeballs like a lollipop. Blue taco eyes, like blue Airheads, you taste like my dream."
This poem celebrates a special person in the writer's life.
"Dear brave Sonia Melara You are responsible for accomplishing goals as an executive director You make the world bright like the stars"
An ode to Beans, Rice, and Chicken.
"Oh Beans, Rice, and Chicken, you give people energy to control their bodies. You keep me alive."
A shout-out poem to some things missed (Hyderabad) and celebrated (Mom).
"Here’s to my best friend Mahek, because when I am sad or bored she cracks jokes and makes me happy."
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