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 email@example.com.
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