Read the latest edition of youth poems submitted to Pongo through Well-Versed, our online poetry submission program!
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Pongo Poetry Project’s mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth.


Here you can WRITE FROM THE HEART about who you are as a person. You don’t have to be an experienced writer to create Pongo poetry. We appreciate the importance of what you have to say. Honesty is the quality we value most.

While feeling grateful has many benefits, for Pongo youth poets approaching gratitude authentically can present a challenge. Yet, when given the opportunity, the majority have been eager to do so
In honor of Indigenous People's Day, 2021Non-Natives can learn many things from Native Peoples. "Navarre's" poem is a powerful example of this: Totem Poleby "Navarre" a Native American resident of King
SOMETIMES, I WONDER, written by a young person at CFJC. Sometimes I wonder, is trouble part of life, or is it just something you get into one day? But I know this:
MY HAIR, written by Amori, age 13. In the middle of 4th grade, I decided to cut my hair. My mom shaved it to half an inch, I felt like people were going
VULNERABILITY IS A STRENGTH, written by Naomi, age 13. Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness, It is a sign of power. Vulnerability can be your anchor or your wings, You can let it
THIS IS ME, written by a young person at CSTC, age 12. I am painting my self-portrait. For this work I have chosen the colors of black, for the dark times and yellow
COLD NIGHTS ON I-90, written by a young man at CSTC, age 17. As I look out the frost-covered window, of the half-working rickety car, I wonder How did I get here?
ROSE TO ROSEBUSH, written by a young person at CFJC, age 17. A rose can grow up from under, a stampede of shoes made of all different sizes, so long as it’s will

We provide resources and community support to help you facilitate healing through poetry for distressed youth.

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The Story of My Heart Pongo Poetry from Child Study and Treatment Center soft cover 5.5 x 8.5 inches 170 pages. © June 2021 $25
Pongo Poetry from King County Juvenile Detention soft cover 5.5 x 8.5 inches 98 pages. © December 2020 $20.00
Writing by teenagers in King County juvenile detention soft cover 5.5 x 8.5 inches 112 pages. © December 2015 $15
Writing by teenagers in King County Juvenile Detention soft cover 5.5 x 8.5 inches 92 pages. © August 2011 $15
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