Radio Poets

Monday-Thursday at 3:18pm 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 2015, you can hear these young people read their poems on KALW, Monday through Thursday at 3:18pm and 8:58pm.

The series was produced by Kevin Vance, Matt Martin, Emily Queliza and Gregg Zeppo, and features students from Redding, Lakeshore, Garfield, Hillcrest, Cleveland, Sanchez, E.R. Taylor, Leonard Flynn, and Tenderloin Community elementary schools in San Francisco.

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6:08am

Thu April 16, 2015
Radio Poets April 16, 2015

Radio Poets 2015: Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson, a student at Cleveland Elementary School, is today's Radio Poet
Credit AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Am

Roy Hodgson, Cleveland, Elementary School

I am a balloon floating into the sky

I am from Pizza Planet

I am the color green

I am the ketchup on your fries

 

I am from a special country I call Nicaragua

I'm a meteor striking on the earth

I'm a S.S.S.P, Super Star Soccer Player

 

I am a piece of gold someone is looking for

They say, I am Roy, the boy, the toy.

Con safos!   

 

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6:19am

Wed April 15, 2015
Radio Poets April 15, 2015

Radio Poets 2015: Juan Ruiz

Juan Jose Ruiz Reyes, a student at Junipero Serra Elementary School, is today's Radio Poet
Credit AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Lima 
I am from Lima
where people have so much rage in their body
Now I'm in S.F.
where people are full of honesty
I am from Lima
where I couldn't stand the heat
Now I'm in S.F.
where I listen to new sick beats
I am from Lima
where I miss being so mean
Now I'm in S.F.
where I wait for August 19 I am from Lima where I eat Caldo De Gallina Now I'm in S.F. where I scare my sister pobrecita
I am from Lima
where it's hot and dry
Now I'm in S.F.

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6:33am

Tue April 14, 2015
Radio Poets April 14, 2015

Radio Poets 2015: Grace Soper

Grace Soper, a student at Lakeshore Elementary School, is our Radio Poet today.
Credit AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Who I am

Grace Soper, Lakeshore Elementary

 

Sometimes I sit there wondering with my mind wide open,

Thinking about who I might be.

If I am a piñata filled with joy,

If I am a balloon filled with imagination,

If I am a piggy bank filled with generosity,

If I am a backpack filled with exploration,

And if I am a gift filled with love.

My best is my bravery,

My heart is my hope,

My mind is my magnificent,

My soul is my spirit,

My smile is my success,

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8:13am

Mon April 13, 2015
Radio Poets April 13, 2015

Radio Poets 2015: Kimberly Carballo

Kimberly Carballo, a student at Cleveland Elementary School, is today's Radio Poet.
Credit AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Am

Kimberly Carballo, Cleveland Elementary

 

I am proud, happy, brave

I wonder how the world came to be

I see happiness around the world

I want peace in the world

I hear Let’s Go Giants

I am proud, happy, brave

 

I pretend to be a dancer

I feel drops of water on my hair

I touch the stars up above

I worry about my friends and family

I cry when I hear someone dies

I am proud, happy, brave

I understand that there is good and bad stuff

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6:31am

Thu April 9, 2015
Radio Poets April 9, 2015

Radio Poets 2015: Ariana Gomez

Ariana Gomez from Leonard Flynn Elementary School is today's Radio Poet.
Credit AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Where I’m From

Ariana Gomez, Leonard Flynn Elementary

 

I am from a music family.

I come from people that are in love with animals.

I am from a family who loves to dance,

And now I'm going to show you a chant

 

America SCORES is so tight, 

Boogie on down, alright alright

Hey!

 

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