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Young Writers Find A Lifeline Through The Pandemic With Poetry

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Charity Nebbe speaks with five young people who have not just found an outlet through poetry and spoken word performance, they’ve found a community of writers that have helped them through the pandemic. This image features a performance by Samm Yu.

April is National Poetry month and in this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe will speak to some young people who have not just found an outlet through poetry and spoken word performance, they’ve found community and a lifeline that's helped them through the coronavirus pandemic.

The conversation begins with the people who helped guide these student poets: Caleb Rainey and Leah Waughtal. Rainey is a poet and spoken word performer, also known as “The Negro Artist,” and the founder and program director of IC Speaks, a spoken word poetry program in Iowa City. Waughtal is also a poet and Movement 515 coordinator, a spoken word program that is part of RunDSM in Des Moines.

The five gifted, young high school poets from Iowa City and Des Moines featured in this episode are Samm Yu, Ruth Thomas, Adain Spurgetis, Charles Hall and Kai Brown.

Guests:

  • Caleb Rainey, “The Negro Artist”, founder and program director of IC Speaks
  • Leah Waughtal, Movement 515 coordinator, RunDSM
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
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