How can a poem express an awareness of where you live? Ottawa Hills High School students found out at a recent housing workshop led by The Diatribe, an educational performing-arts group, and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. In a nine-week program, “Writing to Right Wrongs,” students learned how historic housing discrimination patterns and gentrification affect where people live, how place of residence affects others’ perceptions, and responded with spoken-word poems. Students were encouraged to enter the Fair Housing Poetry Contest, which awards $200 and a Diatribe mentorship to the top two entries. Entries are due by Thursday, March 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students speak their truth in poetry about where they live
Workshop explores impact of housing discrimination, gentrification