Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Voices Behind Walls

A big shout out to poet Lee Rhyanes, an incredibly gifted teacher who donates so much of his time to Voices Behind Walls in Las Cruces, NM. I was fortunate to work with him in an El Paso detention center for young adults last year for the Spoken Word Project. The project has evolved into Voices Behind Walls, a name that the students came up with themselves, and their collaborative poem below describes their workshop. He has aired some of his Las Cruces students' poem recordings on his radio show (he's a dj too AND an MFA student). I can't speak highly enough of his dedication and effectiveness working with young adults. He is one of the very modest and the very best.


Francisco Aragón said...

Beautiful poem, Emmy. Perhaps it could be made into a letter press limited edition numbered broadside and sold as a fundraiser of sorts
for these workshops.


brownhornet said...

Emmy thank you for postin' this up!!! I'll be sending that Wynton Marsalis album thats posted at the index of the site soon so you can check it out!