I think "passionate" is the best word to describe Mary, which makes her such a great writer and a great person. I hope she inspires you to think about writing in new ways and to feel comfortable challenging yourself with things you wouldn't have tried otherwise. Enjoy the rest of the week!
I agree with you, Emily. And writing humor is so hard! I have a renewed appreciation for student writers that can add humor and still develop their overall message.
At today's 3rd hour Writer's Week presentation, I watched many different students share writing about various different topics. I really liked them all, and noticed how passionate they all were about both their writing and the topic they wrote about. Many incorporated humor, and while some were sad, they were still very cool to listen to.
Taylor is one of a kind, and I'm so glad you got to see him perform today!
Love that one, too, Meghana!
I'm in 8th period English, so I was able to watch Taylor Mali perform an assortment of really amazing poems. My favorite would have to be "Passive Aggressive", and I loved how he started with one topic, divulged into a completely different one, and then tied it all back together at the end ("gay baby whales" was also a plus). He presented with a strong, clear voice and I admire how he was able to eliminate many filler words when talking (e.g., "um", "like", "uh") so that his non-poem stories and normal speech adopted a unique, poetic quality of their own. His final poem, "The The Impotence of Proofreading" was absolutely hilarious and a very apt way to end off the evening. During my lunch period, I was also able to hear some of Rebecca Makkai's writing advice today. Her anecdote on how, in high school, she experienced a great temptation to write very descriptive stories that centered more on large themes and internal change rather than plot and external change, particularly resonated with me because I have the same habit. From her thoughts and advice, I learned how to better write an interesting story by combining both inner and external conflict.