How to be a Writer

Just write.

Don’t hesitate

to be great

and say the right things

just appreciate

the flow of the paper to pen

from beginning to end

if you have something to say

just let the words play

let the pen dance

take a chance

that what you have to say


you can write what you feel

no judgment

no condemnation

the words that you spill

are yours and yours alone

it’s no drill

just your life

so write what you know

what you’ve seen, what you’ve done

the words are yours

to drop like a drink to the floor

and as the glass shatters

with contents revealed

the people will listen

you’ll have their attention

and be thirsting for more

because what you have to say

can make the whole world stand still

don’t try to hide

behind a great wall of steel

The air that you’ve breathed

polluted or clear

is the current that cradled and carried you here

your words have meaning

power to heal

just write what is yours

from the heart

Keep it real.

This piece is dedicated to the incredible team of youth artists involved with the Irreducible Grace Foundation. Through the production, “Fostering Voice,” these youth are out to share their incredible stories of rising from life’s difficult circumstances and advocate for social change. Don’t miss your chance to see them in action.

Irreducible Grace Foundation, with grant funding by THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION, presents FOSTERING VOICE: THE VIDEO & BOOK PURPLE CARPET PREMIERE

Location: Park Square Theater, 20 West 7th Place, St. Paul, MN

Click for detailed Directions on getting here.

When: Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Live Performance & Screening: 6-7PM

Book Signing & General Public Reception: 7-8PM

An exciting evening of live performance and film by youth affected by the systems of foster care, homelessness, incarceration, and food insecurity. Twin Cities’ under-resourced youth and allies find a place on film through “Fostering Voice: The Video.” Based on the Irreducible Grace Foundation’s engaging performance-based workshops, The Video & Book are an exciting new medium through which youth voice is applied to effectively support vulnerable youth.

“Fostering Voice: The Video,” encourages reflection on social responsibility, systemic inequality, and traumatic resiliency through the lens of young adults. The artistic mediums of music, poetry, dance, and theater provoke consideration of systems that disenfranchise youth and ways community can support under-resourced young people on their path to life stability.

Established in 2012, the Irreducible Grace Foundation launched Fostering Voice in 2013 as a positive outlet and tool for healing and Voice for youth actors and viewers alike. To-date, Fostering Voice has interfaced with over twenty Twin Cities organizations, including Ramsey County, Roseville Middle School, and Laura Geoffries Academy. Targeted organizations for Fostering Voice include, but are not limited to, youth group homes, alternative schools, law enforcement, education, public health, and other civil services.

Filmmaker: ADDAM is a Creative Safarist passionate about digital storytelling & multi-media. An original Arts-Us Young Storyteller, He has collaborated with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, X-Games, Target Corp, will.iam, 4A’s, NEFF Headwear and Youthprise. He is currently a creative partner at PLOT gallery in Minneapolis. Director of Photography: Adam Jacobs

Tickets: $10.

Reservations call 651-210-9635

All ages are welcome to attend. No one will be turned away based on ability to pay.

Join me in supporting this amazing group if you are able.


A. Lockhart


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