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Students learn value of self-expression

February 16, 2010

Idris Goodwin really isn’t part of our MFA program, but he IS married to a former member of our MFA program, a dear friend and talented writer in her own right (Felicia Chavez)… Anyway if you have not had a chance to see Idris perform, look for him, he has a new album out. And here he is spreading the word about words!


Idris Goodwin, a local hip-hop and rap poet and playwright, engages with a group of fifth and sixth grade students in a "Roll Call" rap activity at the Four Oaks Bridge after school program on First Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids on Monday. (Julie Koehn/The Gazette)

Idris Goodwin, a local hip-hop and rap poet and playwright, engages with a group of fifth and sixth grade students in a "Roll Call" rap activity at the Four Oaks Bridge after school program on First Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids on Monday. (Julie Koehn/The Gazette)

Taliah McGriff expects she’ll be writing more, and not just for school.
“Because it was fun,” said Taliah, 10. “Because like they said, you can write anything, and it doesn’t have to make sense.”

“They” are the dozen or so other fourth and fifth graders in Taliah’s after-school group at the Four Oaks Bridge neighborhood center in northeast Cedar Rapids.
Monday afternoon was their last session with playwright, poet and hiphop artist Idris Goodwin under the Bridge’s Freedom Writers program.
The program, which started in November, is an effort “to demonstrate the lifelong relevance of writing and self-expression,” according to Four Oaks spokeswoman Lisa Pritchard.

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