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On Beauty

Last night we read poems and essays about beauty in the book edited by Iris Jacob called, My Sister's Voices: Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out. The girls wrote poems in response. 

Standards of Beauty
by Natalie Branch

I’m that girl who never fits in.
I’m not fat nor am I thin.
I’m an African American with light skin.
When I walk out the house, I’m full of curiosity—
Not knowing what others will think of me.
Some may be jealous, others furious.
Me, I’m just curious.
My confidence isn’t low; it’s not high either.
My emotions are building up—like a deadly fever.
People like me because of who I am.
People hate me because I’m not like them.
Sometimes I ask myself: should I stay the same, or become someone else?
That’s something you will never again hear me say.
People say change, but I stay the same.
I am me, and I was born this way.
And this is how I will stay.


Yo! I’m sayin’!
by Deanna Branch

Q: Why you wear yo’ hair like that?

Yo! I’m sayin,
My hairstyle reflects my personality.
When I’m feeling creative, …

Six-Word Memoirs

Greetings Dream Keepers' Fans! It's been awhile since I've posted the girls' writing. Well the hiatus is over!

A little over a month ago, I read that our local independent bookstore, Schwartz Bookshops, was hosting a contest based on the new book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. I bought the book, brought it to the Dream Keepers, and read a bunch of the memoirs to the group. The Dream Keepers were immediately captivated by the idea! Over the next two weeks, the Dream Keepers created several memoirs in the six-word style. I entered the Dream Keepers in Schwartz's Six-Word Memoir Contest--and they won!

Last night, I brought five of the Dream Keepers to Schwartz Bookstore on Downer for the store's six-word slam. They were all recognized and given an honorable mention (AND PRIZES!) for their writing. The Dream Keepers read their work to a good-sized crowd of community members. And, as a special treat, the Dream Keepers w…