ABIGAIL SCHOTT-ROSENFIELD (CW 2014) very often does not have a clue– which apparently is exactly how it should be. According to W.H. Auden, the Anglo-American poet regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century: “No poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.”
Abigail does however, have more than a clue about her obvious calling. She is spending her summer surrounded by people who believe in the power of poetry, working as an intern at California Poets in the Schools, one of the largest writers-in-the-schools programs in the nation.
California Poets in the Schools has cultivated children’s creativity through poetry for almost 50 years, serving 25,000 students in hundreds of public and private schools, juvenile halls, after-school programs, hospitals, and other community settings. CPITS also partners with the California Arts Council to broadcast the Poetry Out Loud recitation program, an annual national recitation contest, in which Abigail has competed and placed.
She is also participating in an online summer poetry workshop hosted by The Adroit Journal. Founded in 2010, by high school sophomore, Peter LaBerge, “the journal has been noticed and recognized around the world for its dedication to community service and emerging writers, but the largest impact of the journal … has been its devotion to the promotion of human rights causes.”
All of which should find Abigail in fine form come August, when she steps deftly into her role as editor-in-chief of ümlaut, the literary journal edited entirely by Creative Writing students, which features student art and writing from across all of the different arts disciplines at SOTA.
Poetry in motion, indeed.
SOTA IN SALT LAKE CITY
CITYSCAPE AND LAKESIDE
STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
IN THE CAPITOL
ON THE AVENUE, FIFTH AVENUE
NORTH, EAST, AND SOUTH
SHINE A LIGHT
SABLE IN THE CITY
WOW! SOTA AT CSSSA
GABRIELLE CHUN (MUSICAL THEATER 2015) sent this from Cal Arts, located in Valencia, in Southern California, about an hour outside of Los Angeles.
Several SOTA students from a variety of disciplines are participating in the California Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) this summer on the Cal Arts campus. CSSSA is a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age.
California residents enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to apply to CSSSA. Students from outside of California may also apply; a limited number are admitted each year. Participants are selected in the spring on the basis of their talent and creativity, as demonstrated through assignments and teacher recommendations. The admissions process is highly competitive; in 2012, fewer than half of all applicants were accepted in each department. Students who complete the four-week program are named California Arts Scholars, in addition to experiencing a life-changing event.