Radio Poets

Monday-Thursday at 3:19pm and 8:58pm in April

For National Poetry Month, KALW and America SCORES Bay Area have teamed up to bring you the voices of young poets from San Francisco’s public schools.

America SCORES works in the Bay Area’s most challenged public elementary schools, using soccer and poetry to help young “poet-athletes” discover the benefits of working together as a team, the joy of physical activity, and the fun in reading and writing.

Marlon Barreno, and coach Edgar Alvarez
Marlon Barreno, and coach Edgar Alvarez

Throughout April 2014, you can hear these young people read their poems on KALW, Monday through Thursday at 3:19pm and 8:58pm.

The series was produced by Kevin Vance, Matt Martin, and Jess Bouchard, and features students from Cleveland, Leonard Flynn, Hillcrest, Junipero Serra, Redding, Sanchez, E.R. Taylor, and Tenderloin Community elementary schools in San Francisco.

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6:00am

Wed April 30, 2014
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Radio Poets: Ruth Velasquez

Ruth Velasquez is a student at San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Who am I?” 

Cleveland Elementary School

By Ruth Velasquez 

 

 

I am a girl that’s special to one and the others.

I am a girl who says

OK

I will try again

I am a human who says

Just stop

I am a human who says

Please don't hurt me

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6:00am

Tue April 29, 2014
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Radio Poets: Marlon Barreno

Marlon Barreno  is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Missing My Dad”

Marlon Barreno

J. Sierra Elementary School

 

I remember the dad that I had—

I remember going over his house

And sleeping with him limb to limb

I remember playing soccer with him

Trying a lot, giving him everything I got.

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6:00am

Mon April 28, 2014
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Radio Poets: Bridgette Marin

Bridgette Marin is a student at San Francisco's E. R. Taylor Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

Me

Today I feel like a balloon going free

That when I’m blind, I can actually see

I’m a diamond so shiny, so bright

That I’m like the sun showing all the light. 

 

Today I’m a free land

So free, that I’m a new brand

I feel like a bank with money

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6:00am

Thu April 24, 2014
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Radio Poets: Gennesis Galindo

Gennesis Galindo is a student at San Francisco's Hillcrest Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“My Origin”

 

By: Gennesis Galindo

Hillcrest Elementary School

 

My name comes from

the beginning of the Bible.

 

My name comes from my Mom who named me

because she loves the way it sounds like an angel’s whisper.

 

My middle name Natasha comes from my Dad, 

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6:00am

Wed April 23, 2014
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Radio Poets: Sianna Martinez

Sianna Martinez is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

I Used to Be

Sianna Martinez

J.Sierra Elementary School

 

I used to be a shark but now I’m a piranha

I used to be a small town but now I am a big country

I used to be clouds but now I am the sun

I used to be a fall leaf but now I am a blooming flower

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