LOVE IS … 2024 Community Poem

Through the month of February, we had asked our writing community to write what LOVE IS in their own words in about one line or so. This includes responses from every workshop we ran, every event we participated in, staff, and social media. We then strung all of the responses together into one giant collaborative community poem. Below is our 2024 LOVE IS poem by the Project Write Now writing community … We hope you enjoy it!

The Intersection of Creativity & Self Expression

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp
As we met on Zoom to discuss an art and writing program collaboration, Domenica Donna read this quote to me, one of her favorites, and then added, “It’s not really running away from your problems, though. It’s more like getting away from them.”
And I knew exactly what she meant. 

The Gift of Inclusion

In one of our first classes, M. avoided and resisted writing at all costs. I tried using my whole bag of tricks to make him feel comfortable during our after-school writing club for 4th and 5th graders. I showed him pictures of my dog, Bear, told him I had a son close to his age, and asked him about his family and hobbies. He was always willing to engage in these conversations but still resisted putting pen to paper.