On April 29, Big Class teen intern Nia Gates, traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2017 People's Climate March. Nia read an original poem, as well as letters from I Want You to Know Something About Me to an audience of 200,000, the white house and entire National Mall. Here's her recount of the experience:
This year, Big Class has had the privilege of partnering with Tulane Small Center for a total renovation of our Writers' Room at Sylvanie Williams College Prep! Read on to hear about the design experiences of both professor Emilie Taylor and her students! Thank you, Tulane Small Center Design Build Class!
Q&A with Design Build Manager, Emilie Taylor
What is Tulane's Small Center, and how did you get involved with Big Class?
The Small Center is Tulane School of Architecture's community design center - we advance community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.
Congrats to Katy Simpson Smith, our May Volunteer of the Month! Katy has been a faithful behind-the-scenes copyeditor for years now, painstakingly making sure our students' writing is a readable as possible once published. This year alone, she's copyedited all 250 Pizza Poetry Poems, the book I Want You to Know Something About Me: Letters about the election of Donald Trump by New Orleans Youth, and the forthcoming publication History Between These Folds: Personal Stories by the 11th Grade at G.W. Carver High School. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Katy!
What first brought you to Big Class?
I started working with Big Class's after-school program in the spring of 2013, after I'd been in the city a couple of years and was still trying to figure out where I fit in and who my people were. Obviously, my people were writers and readers and dreamers and bald-faced liars.
BY SUSAN LARSON
Special to The Advocate
APR 19, 2017
If you order a pizza on Friday, there might be something special on the box.
I wrote your name in the pizza box
But couldn’t throw it away
I missed us having pizza together
All the way from night till day
We used to fuss and fight
But yet I still say
I loved having pizza with you
It was the only way we could play
I wrote your name in the pizza box
And couldn’t throw it away.
Happy pizza poetry day, everyone! To celebrate, we sat down with Darryl Reginelli, owner of Reginelli’s Pizzeria, to talk poetry, pizza, and creativity.
Big Class: What was your path, and how did Reginelli’s come to be?
Darryl Reginelli: While I was in college at UNO, I started working at a back waiter at Arnaud’s. I worked there for 5 years in a number of different front of the house positions. I liked it so much that I decided I wanted to stay in the industry. I then got a job as the general manager at wine bar and bistro, and it really flourished from there. I found my creative outlet. I enjoy the hospitality and the creativity of the restaurant business.
Teachers: Want to incorporate Pizza Poetry into your classroom, but not sure where to get started? From now until April 7th, we'll be posting bi-weekly poetry writing prompts here on our blog! Remember, anyone ages 6-18 in Greater New Orleans can submit poetry to be published on a pizza box. And don't forget: the deadline to submit poetry is April 7th.
A prose poem is a poem written in sentences. Often, it appears as a block of text and resembles a paragraph more than a typical metered poem. A prose poem however, is not a story, focusing more on the characteristics of poetry, such as poetic meter, language play, and images.
Rai Bolden is a proud transplant to the city of New Orleans. A veteran teacher raised by an artistic mother, stoic grandmother and a impenetrable village of aunties, uncles and friends in Memphis, Tennessee – home of the blues and rock and roll!
Baty Landis is a New Orleans native who is passionate about writing, and especially functional writing: She wrote and edited travel guides for Fodor's Travel Publications and Lonely Planet for 10 years.