Kalamazoo’s book enthusiasts are coming together and the result is beautifully unique hand-bound books with pages that share the voices of talented RAWKstars. This summer, The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center has kindly welcomed RAWK students into their studios to learn about the arts of papermaking and printmaking.Read More
It’s almost here! Join us on Thursday night as we celebrate our summer workshop students at the 4th annual RAWK READS event. The celebration will mark the release of this year’s published anthology, Bookworms, Banana Peels, and Other Ideaing. It's a remarkable moment every year when our summer workshop students see their words in print—an impactful confirmation of both their individual voices, as well as the power of the collective voice of youth that we work with every summer. At our event on Thursday, they take it to another level of pride, and our young writers will read their selected pieces from the anthology in front of you, the adoring audience.
Not only do you get to hear RAWKstar poems and stories, but there will be new RAWK merchandise available for purchase. Exciting stuff, we know!
What better place to host us than our local indie bookshop? As always, RAWK READS! is generously hosted by Bookbug, a spectacular independent bookstore committed to curating, discussing, and celebrating new books. Bookbug works with local sources of books to provide full selections to the community and put books in the hands of every child. We value the support they offer to Kalamazoo-area schools, teachers, community leaders, and our organization. RAWK is endlessly proud to have Bookbug founders and owners, Joanna Parzakonis and Derek Molitor, serving on our boards of directors. Their thoughtfulness, generosity and expertise help us grow as an organization and amplify youth voices. Quite literally, in fact, this Thursday!
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hang out in an incredibly fun and cozy bookstore, celebrate young voices of Kalamazoo, and pick up a copy of their newly published work. Can’t wait to see you there!
Can’t be with us Thursday, but want to support young voices?
Our online shop will be updated soon. And, as always, we greatly appreciate your support!
Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) is thrilled to share a closer look at our dreamy partnership with Open Roads Bike Program! The youth development bicycling program is a Kalamazoo native non-profit organization devoted to teaching hands-on bike mechanic skills, along with social skills, that empower students to build successful futures and create positive changes within the community. They share our mission to support the growth and learning of Kalamazoo youth through the cultivation of critical skills, and we are incredibly proud to join forces with them.
RAWK and Open Roads' collaboration — RAWKin' ROADS — just finished two weeks of camp for middle school and high school youth. Stories and poems were written. Bikes were built. And now we get to share all about it with you!Read More
This summer, we are grateful for sunshine, fresh notebooks, summer reading lists, and of course, RAWK summer writing workshops! Our summer programming would not be possible without the energy, knowledge, and commitment of the RAWK facilitators. They teach the power of words and celebrate the voice of each RAWKstar. Meet them here!Read More
Our growing list of RAWK programs runs rich with opportunities for students (preschool - high school) to exercise their voices, to fall in love with words, to understand the power of writing and reading in their lives. We'd love to share more about what our Thematic Writing Workshops are all about, and how you (or your friends and neighbors) can get involved. We believe an invested community is essential for the success of all students.Read More
Hunkered down these past couple of months under a blanket of winter, we put our wee heads together and devised this beautiful new website! There are so many exciting developments to this new site that we think will serve all Friends of RAWK more efficiently.Read More
Now is a time for resolutions, and for revolutions. How will we grow in the coming year, and what do we hope to bring about?Read More
RAWKTOBER part 4!Read More
RAWKTOBER part 3!Read More
RAWKTOBER part 2!Read More
RAWKTOBER part 1!Read More
RAWKstar Brittany Worthington!Read More
RAWKstar Jamara!Read More
RAWKstar Bridget Dooley!Read More
It's barely spring—the snow has melted and we're just now warming our faces in the sun— but we're already brainstorming for our fall programming …Read More
It's a beautiful, bustling autumn at the RAWK office. That's right! We now have a RAWK office! Thanks to the generous Reality Factory Small Business Incubation program, we have a brand-spanking-new office in downtown Kalamazoo.Read More
The wave of summer writing camps has cleared, and we have a moment to breathe. Before we update you on the thrilling, visionary, prolific, whirlwind that was our Youth Summer Writing Workshops, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate a merry opportunity that found us and some sensational news we received early in the summer.Read More
That's right. School's almost out, the buzz of lawnmowers is ubiquitous, and it's time to laze in a hammock and read to your heart's content, or toss a comic in your bag and head for the beach, or lie in the grass with your well-worn perennial summer favorite …Read More
Our steps rebound, as if on trampolines. There must be something about the rotation of the Earth, the change in weather patterns, the ever-so-slight shift in proximity to Mars and Venus, and something about the weightlessness engaged in shedding layers that must affect the pull of gravity on our feet. It's a complicated equation, for sure.Read More
The polar vortex has waned, and we're finding in its wake a flurry of literary endeavors.Read More