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Brilliant Stories

826 believes in amplifying and publishing youth voices. Celebrate and honor their stories with us. Find inspiration with hundreds of student writing pieces in our Writing Gallery, and share your students’ writing on 826 Digital. Our students’ words will make you smile, think, sigh, cry so hard you laugh, and laugh so much you cry.

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Read student writing on diverse topics from diverse authors. Find inspiration for yourself as a reader and as a writer. And let your students be inspired by mentor texts from their peers.

Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Voices

Grade 10
Writing
Six Poems in Search of My Border
by Jasmine J., Grade 10, 826 Valencia

In this poem, a student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.

Poetry

"I’m from the United States, but I’m living in two Worlds: my mother’s culture, my dad’s culture. And those cultures are a part of me and proud To be a Latina"

Grade 8
Writing
My Latino Self
by Arianny, Grade 8, 826 Boston

A poem that celebrates being Latino.

Poetry

"Latino, a blooming generation of a beautiful culture With a little Sazon!"

Grade 12
Writing
Two-Sided Latin Culture
by Karina Centeno, Grade 12, 826 Dallas Project

This poem takes an honest look at two sides of the writer's culture.

Poetry

"Bright blue skies, delicious aromas, laughter and cheer Behind the beauty, there is something to fear Culture embedded in us from a young age Some habits are just too hard to escape"

Grades 10–11
Writing
Sunny Smiles
by Sergio M., Grade 10, 826 Valencia

A smile isn't always what it seems.

Memoir
Poetry

"Let the days be gray Let the smiles pour Everything is okay I’ll fix up to see the sun another day"

Grade 12
Writing
Generations
by Jizelle Villegas, Grade 12, 826 Dallas Project

The stunning and vulnerable poem processes feelings of loss, grief, and hope for the future.

Poetry

"The rope has tied our hands Together bonded by the same Realization that we have no father I am my mother’s daughter"

Me, Myself, and I: Identity Poems

Grade 3
Writing
Self-Portrait
by Girod, Grade 3, 826 New Orleans

This celebratory poem uses similes to list all of the things the writer loves about themself.

Poetry

"My legs are smooth like clay. Hair is silky like a Milky Way."

Grade 4
Writing
I Am From
by Antoni L., Grade 4, 826DC

In this poem, the author discusses their origins through metaphor.

Poetry

"I am from sleep I am from the house that's just blank The hot and loud"

Grades 3–4
Writing
My House/Mi Casa
by Fatima, Grade 3, 826michigan

A list poem about a beautiful room, and a beautiful family, in both Spanish and English.

Poetry

"Little cactus, peace lily flower that my mom likes"

Grades 1–5
Writing
Me, Myself, and I
by Kevin, Grade 5, 826LA

A letter from the author, to the author, on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.

Poetry

"Dear me, myself, and I, I like that I am not intelligent in traditional ways"

Grade 5
Writing
The Sky
by Elsie, Grade 5, 826 New Orleans

In this poem, a student celebrates individuality.

Poetry

"If I could be anything, I'd choose to be the sky"

Personal Narratives

Grades 11–12
Writing
I Took My First Steps...
by Maria, Grade 12, 826 Boston

In this public narrative, a student makes the case for creating community change by building youth centers in her neighborhood.

Narrative
Persuasive

"I took my first steps in a small farming village in the northern part of Greece named Loudias."

Grades 11–12
Writing
I Cannot Be Defined
by Alexis G., Grade 11, Novato, CA

In this narrative, the author uses vibrant language to explore their identity, in all its complexity, through different landscapes.

Memoir
Narrative

"I cannot be defined as one place, one clear image in your mind."

Grade 12
Writing
Finding My Wings
by Camille, Grade 12, 826LA

A student finds her wings in unexpected places in this piece about the transition to college.

Memoir
Narrative

"The Lancaster evening was bitter cold by my Southern California girl standards..."

Grades 9–10
Writing
Retrospect
by Kevin G., Grade 10, 826 Valencia

This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.

Narrative

"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."

Grades 11–12
Writing
History and Me
by Corazón, Grade 11, 826 New Orleans

In this essay, a student threads their identity across cultures, histories, and places, engaging with legacies of violence and the movement of people.

Memoir
Narrative

"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."

“It feels good to have my voice out there and that I have left a mark on this world, even if it's small.”
- Brandon R.
Grade 11, 826LA
“I think the biggest impact it has had on me is the realization that other people see the writing I do. Other people can also refer to me as a writer, and it's not just me. It makes me want to improve and do better.”
- Bless A.
Grade 9, 826 Boston
“It always feels like an honor when someone shares their writing because writing is a physical form of somebody's vulnerability and it's special to see that when I get the chance.”
- Justis P.
Grade 9, 826 Boston
“[Being published is important] because our voices need to be forefronted if we want to reimagine this world.”
- Anton J.
Grade 12, 826 MSP

Fill Your Bookshelf

When we publish our students’ writing, something magical happens. Students see their ideas reflected in something tangible and begin to see themselves as authors with words worth reading. See the magic in action by checking out 826-published books that will feel right at home on any bookshelf.