Write of Passage

Write of Passage

Sophie Kim ’19 smiled against the bright lights as she took the stage. After working with the LGBTQ+ performance group QueerWise and serving on the school’s slam poetry team, Kim had become accustomed to sharing her words in front of an audience. “I think on stage in that moment, I was really trying to feel […]

Senior named LA County Youth Poet Laureate

Sophie Kim ’19 was selected as the 2018 Los Angeles Country Youth Poet Laureate from a record number of applicants.  Over the course of the next year, Kim will also work with Penmanship Books to publish a compilation of her original poetry. The Youth Poet Laureate is an initiative of Urban Word Los Angeles, an […]

Stone-cutters hosts poetry reading to celebrate magazine release

Stone-cutters hosts poetry reading to celebrate magazine release

Staff members of the upper school literary magazine Stone-cutters celebrated the print release with a poetry reading, display of artwork and pastries in Chalmers on Monday. “We really wanted to promote the magazine and the artists themselves who were in it,” Stone-cutters Senior Visual Arts Editor Sarah Conway ’18 said. Máté Major ’18, Ben Pimstone […]

Speaking Up

Over 500 students from all over the Los Angeles area arrived on campus to engage in workshops, listen to speakers and participate in an open mic during the fourth annual Wider Than The Sky Poetry Festival on Saturday. While students from Harvard-Westlake were welcome to attend, the event was mostly geared toward students from LAUSD […]

Mic Drop

Mic Drop

Natalie Choi ’18 stood on the black stage, a single spotlight illuminating her figure as she recited her two-minute poem at the semi-finals of the 2017 Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam in front of a cheering crowd of fellow poetry fans. Choi’s love for slam began in middle school, when she would watch countless […]

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time

Student poets from all over Los Angeles disembarked from school buses and poured onto the upper school campus. Ambassadors for the poetry festival led the poets up to Chalmers Lounge for breakfast and an opportunity to meet other poets from the area. The festival, called “Wider Than the Sky: A Young People’s Annual Poetry Festival,” […]

Slam poets visit class meetings

Slam poets visit class meetings

Poets from Get Lit, a slam poetry group, performed response slam poetry at junior and senior assemblies Nov. 4 and Nov. 7. The school’s slam poetry team invited the poets to get students to join the club. Last year, the school’s slam poetry team was a finalist at Classic Slam, a youth poetry festival hosted […]

Upper School hosts poetry festival

Upper School hosts poetry festival

Keynote speaker Jacqueline Woodson, The Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Young People’s Poet Laureate, spoke about her National Book Award winner “Brown Girl Dreaming” and her experiences with writing poetry at Harvard-Westlake’s second annual poetry festival, “Wider than the Sky: A Young People’s Poetry Festival” April 16. The festival featured keynote speakers, panels, workshops and readings in […]

Spoken Word chooses members for new season

The Spoken Word Club added eight new members to this year’s team. The announcement was made Dec. 12 after the auditions Dec. 1. For the audition, each student delivered a classic poem of their selection and wrote a response to their poem. “[The auditions] were a little nerve-wracking, especially because poetry is so personal, but […]