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Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo and UrbArts founder UrbArts MK Stallings shared poems and talked Black history during a recent virtual presentation for Ritenour Middle School. In a 47 minute online experience, MK share discussed the role of “Blackart” as defined by Haki Madhubuti before sharing a poem and introducing Grace. Ritenour Middle…

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New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

Using blank verse, Grace Ruo crafted a short poem designed for performance in poetry slams. In this gripping piece, she likens the tragic means by which Emmett Till achieved immortality with Jesus Christ. This work demonstrates the continued relevance of Mamie Till-Mobley’s decision to show the world what white racists did to her son on…

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Sarah and Grace to be featured on St. Louis Public Radio

Sarah and Grace to be featured on St. Louis Public Radio

Two Saint Louis Youth Poets Laureate will be featured on St. Louis On the Air, a daily live broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio at noon on Monday, January 25, 2021. Last year’s St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate, Sarah Abbas, and the current laureate, Grace Ruo, will discuss how their poems speak to the issues…

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Q & A with Grace Ruo

Q & A with Grace Ruo

A few weeks back, we sent the new St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate a few questions to answer about her laureateship. Grace replied with the thoughtful answers below. It was so telling that I wanted to share them more broadly. What does being the 2021 Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate mean to you? Being the…

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