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John Walt Foundation’s “Secure The Bag” Writing Workshop and Backpack Giveaway

Austin Branch Chicago Public Library [Chicago, IL]

Event info
Date: August 24, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Austin Branch Chicago Public Library
Address: 5615 W. Race Ave. Chicago, IL
Website: https://www.johnwaltfoundation.org/
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/411466766244280/

The John Walt Foundation is hosting our very first Back to School Writing Workshop and Backpack
Giveaway. This poetry workshop and school supply giveaway gives young people a safe space to craft narratives about their city, free lunch and receive school supplies so that they can start the 2019-20 year in a prepared fashion.

If you have a young creative in your life between the ages 14-18 who are interested in writing poetry, songs, short stories, etc… make sure they attend this amazing workshop taught by one of the most talented writers in Chicago Ms. Rachel “Raych” Jackson. Followed by a Free Lunch and Backpack Giveaway!!!

Workshop: 11-12:30pm Lunch and Backpack Giveaway: 12:45-2pm

******Students must be present to receive school supplies******

About Our Instructor:

Raych Jackson

Rachel “Raych” Jackson is a writer, educator and performer. While teaching third grade in Chicago Public Schools, Jackson competed on numerous national poetry teams and individual competitions. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion and a 2017 Pink Door fellow. Jackson recently voiced ‘DJ Raych’ in the game Mad Verse City. Her latest play, “Emotions & Bots”, premiered at the Woerdz Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. She co-created and co-hosts Big Kid Slam, a monthly poetry show in Chicago. Jackson’s work has been published by many— including Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, The Shallow Ends, and Washington Square Review. Her debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION will be released September 24th, 2019 through Button Poetry.

The John Walt Foundation is a Nonprofit Organization, formed after the tragic death of Walter Long Jr. Walter was an up and coming hip-hop artist who was better known as, “John Walt”, in the city of Chicago. During his career, John Walt wanted to use his ambition and creativity to make others happy with his music. Walt’s drive to live out his dream while spreading positivity with his art is what inspired the start of this foundation, which supports inner-city artists working towards that same goal.

The John Walt Foundation empowers and enables youth across multiple artistic platforms. We intend to partner professional artist with youth to help mentor as well as build their artistic futures. We are here to embolden the creative soul of every young artist by inspiring a few to take their dreams and accomplish them.

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