Bold Poets: Breaking the Silence

A 14-year-old speaks on the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

This National Poetry Month, TFA student poets across the country are boldly speaking out for change.

After studying poets who would write about identity, family, community, and place in order to powerfully affect our nation’s perspective of its own people, our student Poet Warriors are striving to do the same.

This month, we’ll be sharing our students’ resulting poems written for all of us about their families, communities, place, and identities. Listening has profound effects.

In the video below, Christine Vela, a 14-year-old from Denver, CO speaks on identity and calls the nation’s attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment before boldly breaking that silence. Christine sets a powerful example for all of us; as a nation, we all play a role in breaking the silence and making sure Christine and her peers are heard. Tomorrow is the “National Day of Silence;” learn more and be a part of the change.

You can participate by hearing Christine’s voice break the silence, amplifying her voice, sharing in our celebration of bold poets like Christine who fight for change, and continuing to listen.  

Throughout this month, you’ll hear other Poet Warriors speak on community, place, and family; this is only the first of a four-video series.  Sign up at to get a Poem-A-Week in your inbox from our bold student poets.


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