Student Work

From a SpeakTogether virtual workshop, University Heights High School, The Bronx, Fall 2020

This poem was composed during a six-week workshop conducted by poet Jubi Arriola-Headley, who introduced a class of 9th-grade students to myriad forms of poetry that exist. This workshop took place virtually during a global pandemic. Read more about the works in this collection, which demonstrates students’ efforts to find their voices and share them with their peers, teachers, and families.


by Dominic

My Charger my charger,
Ohhh bless me with life back up to 100%.
I can wait an hour,
2 hours!
A Day!
I just want my phone to charge back to life!
I wanna text!
I wanna call my parents!
I wanna do something!
It has been so long since my phone died…
Please… charge it back to life.

Dominic is a student at University Heights High School in The Bronx.

You can navigate their individual poems below.