Young Poets Perform Original Works at Emelin Theatre

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Eight young poets from Rye Neck Middle School were selected to read their original works before a live audience at the 18th annual Poetry Live! event, held at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck on March 31. 

This year’s poets included sixth graders Tara O’Reilly (“Leaf”), Matthew Rubin (“The Effects of Space”) and Natalie Silva (“School”), and seventh graders Jack Kidder (“The Friend”), Theodore Kusbiantoro (“Fireflies”), Aria Miyazawa (“Untitled”), Megan Ronan (“The Little Yellow Ladybug”) and Riley Taylor (“The Forgotten Forest”). 

“Their poems were selected for their originality, rich imagery, strong nouns and verbs, tight economy and their ability to ‘show, not tell,’” said English teacher Jenny Theall, who chose the students to represent the district at the event. “It was a magical moment where we honored student-writers, supported our children’s efforts in expressing themselves in a positive, artistic venue, and celebrated poetry.” 

The Poetry Live! event was sponsored by the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council and celebrated National Poetry Month. All of the poems that the students wrote were published in an anthology, which was presented at the event. 

Rye Neck Union Free School District was one of five school districts to be represented at Poetry Live!