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As you know, Well-Versed: Pongo Poets Online is our online poetry submission program. Through the program, we make writing activities available for free on our website, and invite young people to submit their poems to us.These two incredible pieces were submitted through Well-Versed in the winter quarter of 2022. Join us in thanking
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Here at Pongo, we’ve had the honor of welcoming an esteemed list of nationally recognized poets to our recent events, and been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful poets on our very own staff. In honor of Women’s History Month, Pongo is proud to spotlight the poetry of the women we’ve had the privilege
Pongo's founder, Richard Gold, previews our March 25th training at the Expressive Therapies Summit, on the latest episode of the Creative Psychotherapist Podcast!
For the past decade, Pongo has been proud to present the Pongo Poetry Prize, awarded for poetry submitted through our website. Check out the 2021 award winning pieces here!
Pongo is proud to partner with the South Seattle Emerald to share the poetry of our youth writers with the wider community.
Spoken Word Artist, athlete, and Pongo-You Grow Girl! Project Lead, Kieanna Stephens-Sorn celebrates as University of Washington Seattle's Homecoming Scholar of 2021!Celebrate with her by checking out some of her awesome Spoken Word Poetry on her YouTube channel and by reading some You Grow Girl! Pongo poems which she's helped facilitate.Go Kieanna!
Celebrate with us! Long-time Pongo Poetry Mentor, trainer, poet & award-winning educator, Kiana Davis (MS) has just released Unyielding Roots--an anthology of hair stories by Black women of all ages.Join Kiana on Zoom for the book release party Saturday, November 20th from 1-3pm. Click here to register.Unyielding Roots "strives to destigmatize centuries of programmed self-hate
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 as it presents an opportunity to tell their stories. In anticipation of the 2021 winter holiday season, enjoy these 4 poems by youth at CSTC
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 County Juvenile Detention, age 15My mistakes and what happened Reasons why I’m hereThinking about the past to the presentTrying to figure out how it beganHow
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