by Jean McCamy
During the fifteen years I traveled around the state working with students in the Artist in the Schools program, the poems they wrote gave me wonderful insight into how they thought and felt.
There are some amazing, interesting people inside those sometimes busy, sometimes lethargic, sometimes friendly, sometimes shy, sometimes surly, sometimes giggly, growing bodies.
I have missed that broad window into young minds and must admit that sometimes I have even wondered if technology and gadgets have diluted the imagination and creativity of this youngest generation. It seems that so often we only see their backs or the tops of their heads as their fingers fly over keyboards or touch screens to manipulate packaged games. But I am happy to report that imagination and creativity via the written word are alive and well in Wake Forest.
A group of seven young teenagers attended a four-week workshop, led by Carol Cooley at Storytellers Book Store. It has evolved into an ongoing writing group that has just published ARCA, a Short Story Collection by The Arca Muse Society Writers, Volume I.
Most of the twenty-three pieces in the collection were created from “writing prompts” — a variety of story starters designed to jump start the writing process. It is quite a mixed bag that includes Fish and Failure by Claire Audrey, Peanut Butter by Emma Adair, Thinking what Think would Think by Brennen Shaughnessy, Teen Angst by Mary Katherine Wells, Sally Sidebars by Emma Farmer, A Life and Legacy of a Roof Jumper by Ben Koziel, and Plague by Kelly Ann Smith.
I’m already looking forward to Volume II!
—Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.