Gallery photos by Ivon Neville
For those who don’t know, Burrow Press is part of a larger literary nonprofit that includes the children’s literacy program, Page 15. While we’re always working together on something or other, there isn’t a greater example of our collaboration than our annual teen writing project. Each year we send a creative writing prompt out to Central Florida high schools, receive hundreds of submissions, and choose the best 15 to be published in an anthology of teen writing. The chosen writers are taken through the editing and publishing process–part of which involves an artist creating stunning visuals based on each student’s work. When all’s said and done, we celebrate their accomplishments with a reading and book release party. We just wrapped up our 4th anthology project–In Honor of Things–last month and wanted to share a few photos from the party with you (above.) and some info on these very cool books (below). We like to think of the Page 15 / Burrow partnership as a one-two punch for the literary community. Page 15 instills a love of language and books in our youth, and Burrow ensures that there is a thriving literary community for those young writers to turn to when they graduate.
Orlando High Schoolers Explore Gender in the Everyday
From sports cars to sneakers, doll houses to hijabs, this collection of 15 persona poems explores the complex layers of gender norms underlying everyday objects.
Includes 15 illustrations by Allen Hiu.
Orlando High Schoolers Find the Good in the Bad
Capturing the grey areas that make fictional characters compelling and complex, this collection of stories by fifteen of Orlando’s most talented teen writers conjures tales of murder, theft, arson, and other bad deeds…all done for good reasons, of course.
Includes 15 illustrations by Plinio Marcos Pinto.
Tales of Catastrophe & Dystopia by Orlando High Schoolers
In this collection of fifteen stories, mutant gators overrun the Shingle Creek Golf Resort, drunk robots tend to a long-abandoned Magic Kingdom, and swarms of vicious lovebugs escape from a lab at the University of Central Florida. That’s just to name a few of the dark and sometimes hilarious scenarios dreamed up by these talented young writers.
Includes 15 illustrations by Lesley Silvia.
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If you’ve ever complained about “kids these days,” these three books of teen writing will change your tune and give you hope for the future.