“I read a lot and I didn’t find that there were a lot of books that told the story that sounded like mine”
At BtB, we partner with authors to design classroom programs that make books relevant for students. Creating lifelong readers begins when students discover that their lives are reflected in published literature, that their experience is reflected in the experience of others.
Staceyann Chin is one of our favorite authors because of the openness and honesty with which she tells her story; we design our programs to empower students to tell their stories with the same courage that Staceyann brings to all of her work.
Staceyann has collaborated with BtB on two programs based on themes from her memoir: 11th and 12th graders at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media (BCAM) High School wrote personal narratives and 10th and 11th graders at Harvey Milk High School wrote and performed poetry.
In reflections after the program, students from both classes enthused that the opportunity to meet an author concerned with issues so close to their own lives was illuminating. One BCAM student described her feelings after meeting Staceyann: “It gives you some sort of peace of mind knowing that she grew up, she became somebody.”
Below, you can read selections of poetry inspired by Staceyann’s workshop at Harvey Milk High School and watch the reactions of two students to meeting Staceyann at BCAM.