What We’re About

“Poetry is life distilled.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks

Writing is the stuff of life itself. That which we write is inseparable from that which makes up our own lives. Alice Walker said, “I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” As we grow and emerge as people, so too does our writing emerge.

VerbalEyze Writers Cooperative serves to foster, promote, and support the development and professional growth of emerging teenage and young adult writers, ages thirteen through twenty-two. We strive to help them develop as writers and find their voice as they mature.

Initiatives that support this objective include providing access to public performance spaces, writers workshops, and publication opportunities.

Our hope is that through the efforts of VerbalEyze and the voices of young writers, you find yourself enriched, regardless of your age and life circumstance.

And above all… keep writing!

Tavares Stephens
Derek Koehl
Writers-in-Residence