Poetry Residencies

In an effort to build the literacy of Valley youth, Mesa Arts Center’s Project Lit, activates classroom learning by engaging in critical conversation and reflections through the lens of poetic narrative and urban performance practices.


Students will participate in creative writing workshop that guide them through distinct phases of writing (drafting, revision, editing, publishing), alongside performance workshop with a focus on public speaking & reclaiming voice. In addition, students, will be challenged to develop social, emotional, & cultural literacy with an emphasis in collaboration.


For more information, contact Monique Espinoza at monique.espinoza@mesaaz.gov or



Arizona State Academic Standards

(9-10.W.3) / (11-12.W.3) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or

events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


(9-10.W10) / (11-12.W10) Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research,

reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a

range of task, purposes, and audiences.


(9-10.SL.1) / (11-12.SL.1) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative

discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grades (9-10) / (11-12) topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


(9-10.WHST.5) / (11-12.WHST.5) Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning,

revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.