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Chicago students transform struggle into poetry

by Jessica Murphy
May 16, 2013


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Joshlyn Baptist, 17, listens to a classmate during an after school poetry workshop at Phoenix Military Academy. She says every poem reveals a piece of the person who wrote it.

The individual voices of Chicago's youth are easily stifled amidst talk of school closures and a seemingly endless wave of gang-related violence. But one Chicago teacher is drawing inspiration from a tragedy that touched her school. Through poetry, Stephanie Lane Sutton gives her students at Phoenix Military Academy the tools to express themselves and to be heard.