|Jimmy Carter Early College High School Students Become Published Poets|
Posted Date: 10/22/2017
“El signo más evidente de que se ha encontrado la verdad es la paz interior.” The most evident sign that truth has been found is internal peace. Those words by famous Mexican poet Amado Nervo frame and open the chapter of the poetry anthology dedicated to Jimmy Carter Early College High School students published by the Latin American Foundation of the Arts. FEIPOL (International Festival of Latin-American Poetry) selected twenty-two students from Jimmy Carter to become published poets in the “Antología FEIPOL : Poetas jóvenes por la paz, Young Poets for Peace.”
Last year, eleven Jimmy Carter students participated in Antología de poesía joven 2016; this year, the number doubled. Spanish students from the Spanish dual enrollment class were encouraged and guided by instructor Erika E. Garza to write poetry for various publications as part of their class projects. Featured poets include: Adriana Morado, Alejandra Alejandro, Alma Ramírez (previously published in Antología de poesía joven 2016), Analy Quiñonez, Blanca Polanco, Brianna García, Clarissa Contreras, Cynthia López, Daniel Chapa, Daniela Rivera, Dilia Luna, José Pérez, (previously published in Revista Tierra Firme 2016), Laura Martínez, María Alcantar (previously published in Antología Virtual del Primer Concurso de Minificción Bitácora de Vuelos 2016), Mauric.io Mares, Narciso Solís, Oscar Peña, Priscilla Salinas, Rodolfo Badillo, Vanessa Verdín, Yesaira Julieth Ramiro Díaz, and Yesenia Barrientos.
119 students from eight Rio Grande Valley high schools—along with students from Mexico and Nicaragua—were selected out of 136 submissions. Only twenty students were selected to read their poems at the FEIPOL Festival in October. Three Jimmy Carter students were honored as selected finalists for the Juan Felipe Herrera Young Poets’ Award: Blanca Polanco for “Plumas filosas,” Dilia Luna for “Toque de queda,” and Laura Martínez for “Herida.” Through the art of poetry, our students’ poems explore the discrimination and violence on the U.S.-México border, and emphasize the importance to break the silence on those issues in order to promote peace. “We can’t continue to be victims; we need to be victors and through our voices a new generation of revolutionaries can sprout this change,” stated Blanca Polanco.
Written by: Erika E. Garza
Revised by: Benito Bernal, English IV teacher