Pens, Pads and Poets

Pens, Pads a Poets was founded in 2010 as a workshop series, mentoring program and teen open mic for youth ages 12-18. An anthology was created in 2015 which is available on itunes and Pens Pads and Poets has now gone virtual and is open to ages 14 and up.

Individual poetry workshops are available at request. 


Live Big GirL

The Live Big Girl Writing Workshop is based on The Live Girl poetic play about 3 women and their different and not so different experiences of living in a body that is not celebrated. There is root deep digging towards self- awareness, Self- acceptance, and self-love. Through poetry, in movement and in stillness,offering a prescription for healing, in the taking back of their bodies from the mouths of critics. Fierceness comes when truths are shared.

Co-facilitated with: Vanessa Chica and Rebeca Lois Lucret

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In this workshop students create art of many forms

and infuse it words. Mediums used painting, drawing and collage.

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American Sign Language 101

In this workshop you will learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) including the alphabet, numbers, colors and finger spelling. Students will also have an opportunity to practice their new skills with an actual member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Ages 14 and up.

Individual workshops are available by request.

Hip Hop


B.A.R.S. stands for Believe, Achieve, Receive Succeed. This workshop is for beginner MC's and lyricists looking to learn the techniques of writing a 16 bar rhyme. Students also learn about breathing techniques, stage presence and self confidence. Ages 14 and up.

Individual workshops are available by request.

Hip hop

Elements of HipHOp

In this workshop students learn the elements of MCing, Djing, Graffiti, Breakdance and Beatboxing.  Student will also learn about sampling and ciphering. Music and videos are used in this workshop. Ages 14 and up.

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Sophisticated spheres

Sophisticated Spheres is a small intimate or individual based workshop that is geared to gain healing, self love and self esteem through writing. Open to ages 14 and up.

Individual poetry workshops are available at request. 

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