Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Rebecca Kahn

ImageRebecca Kahn is a 17-year-old high school junior living in Portland, Oregon. She attends the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy of Beaverton, Oregon where she specializes in writing and dance and some photography on the side. She has been taking creative writing classes since the 5th grade and now runs her school’s annual writing festival, Pinwheel. She is a full company member in Dance West, a pre-professional dance company. She loves to read Catcher In The Rye-esque books and watching classic old movies.

“Art House” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2013 national poetry contest.  You can view this winning poem by clicking here.

“I wrote my poem, ‘Art House’, on a Friday when I had no school. Having nothing better to do that day, I decided to watch movies. After watching Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola’s Moonrise Kingdom, I was so inspired by the simple storyline, the fact that the children were acting like adults and the adults like children, and old-timey beauty of the film that I just had to write. There is a particular scene in the movie where the two main characters, Sam and Suzy, have run away and are camping out on a beach together. I kept being drawn back to that scene as I wrote and the words honestly just flowed onto the page. As I wrote, I wanted to capture the feeling of adventure I felt after watching the movie and the simplicity of portraying everyday emotions as something unique and wonderful.”

In the future, Rebecca hopes to attend college as part of a really great English Language and Literature department. Getting through high school is her main priority right now. That and enjoying all the opportunities she has!

To learn more about our national writing contest, visit www.poeticpower.com.

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