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Cross Currents: Poets in Schools

The Poets in Schools program from Aspen Words is in its fifth year of bringing spoken word artists to area schools.

These resident poets run writing workshops with students for two weeks. The program culminates in students performing their original work at the annual Youth Poetry Slam.

Two resident poets, Mercedez Holtry and Toluwanimi Obiwole, came in to talk about the power of poetry in teaching teens how to be empathetic...and brave.


The Youth Poetry Slam will take place on Friday, February 16th, at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.



Contributor Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life. Christin is a veteran of Aspen Public Radio, serving as producer, reporter and interim news director.