Lanier’s writing club inks poems from pets’ perspectives to encourage adoptions

Lanier Writing ClubWhat is Fido’s story? If you knew Fluffy’s outgoing personality, would she be adopted sooner?

The answers may lie in poetry.

Lanier High School students who are members of the Blue Ink Creative Writing Club visited the San Antonio Humane Society earlier this month. At the shelter, the students were paired with an animal to write a poem or a creative biography from the perspective of that pet.

These writing pieces are being published on the Humane Society’s website to help the animals get adopted.

April is National Poetry Month, and it is also the month during which the school holds its annual Sidney Lanier Poetry Festival. This landmark West Side campus honors its namesake by hosting events celebrating the 19th-century poet’s favorite literary genre.

The Humane Society project is just one in a series of projects that make up the school’s annual event. The festival, now in its fifth year, runs from April through mid-May.

Earlier this month, theater professionals at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center worked with students on stage presence and voice to help the students perfect their performance pieces. Students also interviewed notable senior citizens from their Westside community, and these interviews inspired works of creative writing that will be compiled into a book. The book will be released in June.

Upcoming events, including the book release, are listed below:

May 3

Writing workshop with SAISD Board President Patti Radle and her husband

May 5

Writing workshop with San Antonio poet J. Alejandro

May 8

Writing workshop with San Antonio poet Michael Lawson

May 9

Senior citizens from the Good Samaritan Community Center will visit Lanier to paint original works of art based on the students’ poetry.

May 11

Student poetry slam competition judged by professional poets and community members. Christopher “Rooster” Martinez will host the slam, which will then be followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

June 1

Book release party at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center