Introduction to Our Young Voices
Young writers often take on big ideas like love and anger and beauty and fear. They may use words they don’t even know the meaning of because they like the sound. And they may write in classrooms or workshops simply because I ask them to.
This courage inspires me to take risks with my own work. Often a young writer has no idea why a particular line or image is beautiful or true. My challenge is to show her, and in articulating what is good and true about a piece of student writing, I am re-learning what I myself believe about language. Ultimately, because I love poetry and prose, I am deeply rewarded by working with young writers.
Joanna Rose, Youth Editor