Guest Poet: Candice Iloh Leads Workshop!

On Wednesday, March 15th, special guest poet: Candice Iloh led two workshops on the power of affirmations for the scholars at Frederick Douglas Academy III in the Bronx! Scholars laughed, leaped, snapped, wrote, and shared their brutal truths. Thank you, Candice, for holding space in a way that was sacred and essential and bringing all that...
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Reclaiming Narrative: A Spark House Showcase

Spark House presents Reclaiming Narrative: an evening of poetry and performance by Frederick Douglass Academy III scholars that examines the depth, complexity, and beauty of the personal story. For weeks, scholars have been introduced to and investigated historic and contemporary poets and poems that look and sound like them. And on Thursday, March 30th they’re entering the...
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I Pledge Allegiance to Change

We live in a world where anything and everything we thought to be a norm has been, and is, shifting rapidly. When scholars were posed with the question: how can poems inform/mobilize/transform our communities?… they responded with an outcry of social issues that affect them and those they love. Scholar, Alex C. (10th Grade), chooses to use...
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Spark House Raises Over 10K in 30 Days!

On December 13th we launched a 30-day crowdfunding campaign via StartSomeGood to jumpstart our Residency Programs. We’re excited to announce we not only met, but exceeded, our goal with a total of $11,175 raised to bring poetry & performance programs to NYC youth! And we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for the...
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Spark House Founder Selected for Poetry Incubator 2016!

We’re excited to announce that Spark House Founder, Najee Omar, was selected to attend the Poetry Incubator 2016 in Chicago, IL! The Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary hosted a poetry incubator that brought together a group of emerging poets who engage community through their creative practice. Incubator participants learned from faculty poets Ross Gay and...
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