Please turn out to celebrate Oakland youth poets on May 1 at Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue, 7 – 9 p.m.

Chapter 510 is a Made-in-Oakland literacy and writing project serving Oakland youth started in January 2014.  This event is the unveiling of 510 Journal, Chapter 510‘s public poetry project. The first issue has been a collaboration with Oakland Public Library’s extraordinary Teen Services librarians and features poets from the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program. Please join them, poets Obasi Davis, Stephani Yun, and Olivia Hoffman with special guests Freddy Gutierrez and Robert Trujillo to celebrate. The event is free and wheelchair accessible, and all are welcome.

Chapter 510 is also proud to announce many other youth projects:

  • Hanging with Jelly Roll: Oakland Poems Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, was written by the talented 2nd and 3rd graders at North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS). You’ll want a copy of this limited edition, vinyl-bound anthology and you’re in luck! Diesel Books is hosting a book release party on Sunday, June 8 at 3 p.m. Live jazz and a reading from these youngest poets will be featured.
  • Pizza is the new publishing platform: #pizzapoetry, a bridge from New Orleans to the Bay Area, was the brainchild of Big Class, another soon-to-be 826 Chapter and fellow youth writing champions. This project delivered poems on pizza boxes from Lane Splitters and Rotten City Pizza for National Poetry Month. Food & Wine gave Chapter 510 a shout out.
  • The Spring Break Workshops saw five talented Chapter 510 teaching artists leading free creative writing workshops at three branches of the Oakland Public Library, and serving more than 36 writers between the ages of 4 and 17.
  • Meanwhile, the MetWest 9th grade has come back from Spring Break and is finishing their Community Action Research projects. A dozen dedicated Chapter 510 volunteers have been at their sides.
  • Finally, this summer, thanks to Lampert Family Foundation, Chapter 510 is offering summer scholarships to all MetWest 9th-grade students to attend camps and workshops to deepen academic, artistic, and athletic skills.

All of this work is thanks to generous support from The Abundance Foundation, Michael Chabon, Oakland Public Library, Friends of the Rockridge Library, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, Frances Hellman, Warren Breslau and other individuals.

To continue supporting Oakland youth, teachers, and families, Chapter 510 is seeking additional funding from foundations and individuals — please contribute if you can.  $510 makes you a Chapter 510 Founder Donor.

We’re looking for volunteers: If you’d like to share your love of writing, and nurture that love of writing in a child, please sign up today.

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