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  • These poets are tired of being sick-and-tired of being broke.

    These poets are tired of being sick-and-tired of being broke.

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  • Karina's poem describes her desire to escape abuse at home.

    Karina's poem describes her desire to escape abuse at home.

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  • Being forced to grow up too quickly, Anthony feels like he's blindfolded to the path ahead.

    Being forced to grow up too quickly, Anthony feels like he's blindfolded to the path ahead.

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  • Anthony tries out a new spoken-word piece in front of an audience.

    Anthony tries out a new spoken-word piece in front of an audience.

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  • Taking it to the next level, Anthony recites a powerful poem to a large audience.

    Taking it to the next level, Anthony recites a powerful poem to a large audience.

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  • Pearl wryly warns the her audience that this is not a political poem.

    Pearl wryly warns the her audience that this is not a political poem.

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  • If you don't learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you.

    If you don't learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you.

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  • Watch the explainer video for powerpoetry.org.

    Watch the explainer video for powerpoetry.org.

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  • Power Writers in their seminar room, Bronx Community College read and feed session

    Power Writers in their seminar room, Bronx Community College read and feed session

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  • Anthony, Joel, Karina, and Pearl listening to another student read at the library

    Anthony, Joel, Karina, and Pearl listening to another student read at the library

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  • Pearl, Anthony, and Karina walk about Walden Pond

    Pearl, Anthony, and Karina walk about Walden Pond

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  • Anthony reciting a poem

    Anthony reciting a poem

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  • Pearl shows how she deals with reality "on the other side of the door"

    Pearl shows how she deals with reality "on the other side of the door"

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The Film

If you don't learn how to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you. To Be Heard is the story of three high-school students who find their way into a dangerous poetry workshop that does not teach the "Roses Are Red" kind of poetry. Rather, it teaches the kind of poetry that changes lives and that only comes from the inside out.

Power Poetry in Motion

Inspired by the documentary, Power Poetry is the world’s first mobile poetry community for youth. Employing the latest hand-held technology, it enables young poets to use text, audio, images, and video to express themselves and connect their voices with urgent social movements. (Text POEM to 41411.) Young writers can compose, compare, collaborate, and comment, as they share their poetry on a global scale using the transformative power of language to turn social networks into poetry slams.

The Filmmakers

  1. Roland Legiardi-LauraProducer/Director
  2. Edwin MartinezProducer/Director
  3. Deborah ShafferProducer/Director
  4. Amy SultanProducer/Director