Welcome to our 2021 virtual awards ceremony! Below are 15 videos--an Introduction from CWP Director Jason Courtmanche, a keynote address from author Veera Hiranandani, and then 13 videos from students from Kindergarten through twenth grade. Co-sponsorship has been provided by the English Department, the Neag School of Education, the Early College Experience and Pre-College Summer Programs, and Dodd Human Rights Impact. A PDF of the magazine can be downloaded here.
|Jason Courtmanche, Assistant Professor of English and Teacher Education, Director of the Connecticut Writing Project, and Assistant Coordinator of the Early College Experience English program. Read his talk here.
|Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary, winner of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature. Read her talk here.
|TJ Wells is a Kindergartener at CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School in Avon. His teacher is Sue Files. His essay is titled "My Story."
|Owen Geitzen is a 1st grader at Northeast Academy Arts Magnet School in Mystic. His teacher is Allison Brown. His poem is titled "Our Walks."
|Claire Stephenson is a 2nd grader at Squadron Line Elementary School in Simsbury. Her teacher is Maureen Billings. Her peom is titled "Winter Dance."
|Tharan Chimmiri is a 3rd grader at Buttonball Lane School in Glastonbury. His teacher is Genessa Zickefoose. His short story is titled "Operation Oxygen."
|Kinley Cincotta is a 4th grader at Eli Terry Elementary School in South Windsor. Her teacher is Jacquie Childree. Her short story is titled "Dan the Lion."
|Allison Lang is a 5th grader at Lake Street School in Vernon. Her teacher is Nicole Guillet. Her poem is titled "Elementary School Classroom."
|Miranda King is a 6th grader at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford. Her teacher is Amy D'Orio. Her poem is titled "Fall."
|Riley Anderson is a 7th grader at East Granby Middle School. Her teacher is Renee Klucznik. Her essay is titled "My Hidden Truth."
|Sadie Cuneen is an 8th grader at Amity Middle School-Bethany. Her teacher is Thomas Ward. Her poem is titled "Living History."
|Sarah Fortin is a 9th grader at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge. Her teacher is Emily Clark. Her short story is titled "Lost in My Mind."
|Clarissa Halpryn is a 10th grader at Rockville High School in Vernon. Her teacher is Vicky Nordlund. Her short story is titled "The Last Light of a Dying Star."
|Kaylin Maher is an 11th grader at Rockville High School in Vernon. Her teacher is Vicky Nordlund. Her poem is titled "Envy."
|Cory Nocton is a 12th grader at EO Smith High School in Storrs and Solterra Academy in New Britain. Cory's teacher is Becky Mitelman. Cory's play is titled "New Haven Lofts."