ASFA-CW Sprints to the Fall-Semester Finish Line!

Who says nothing happens in school after the Thanksgiving Break?! Clearly whoever says/thinks that has never seen the goings-on around here — where, if anything, we’ve picked up the pace as November (and the fall semester) comes to a close. To wit:

Just between Tuesday and Thursday of this past week…

  • We fired up the short bus to go visit our writing compatriots in the 5th Grade at Princeton Elementary, where we talked about the importance of sensory detail and we wrote about our favorite foods;
  • We took part in an enlightening, invigorating, and highly interactive ASFA-Theatre workshop based on the work of August Wilson and presented by visiting teaching-artist (and former ASFA student) Nikki Toombs of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta;
  • And poet and editor Dale Wisely, co-founder of One Sentence Poems (among other cool literary magazines), visited our CW Practicum classes to talk about how he balances work, life, writing, and literary citizenship. (Oh, and PS, he also announced that the editors of One Sentence Poems have nominated ASFA-CW senior Anna Butcher for a Puschcart Prize, her second such nomination this month!)

That’s in addition to a flurry of critiques and subsequent revisions as our students prepare to submit their final portfolios in December. Again, we ask: who says it’s all coasting after Turkey Day?!

ASFA-CW’s “My Favorite Poem” Event Was #BTWstrong This Past Friday!

We’re pleased to report that our annual My Favorite Poem event was a smash success. Many thanks to the folks at Reed Books, Birmingham Arts Journal, as well as our ASFA-CW parent group, all of whom worked hard to make it happen. Thanks, too, to our friends and fellow creative laborers from the Booker T Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, who joined us as well. Thanks to the generosity of the large crowd on hand on Friday night, we’ll be able to send a check for over $650 to the BTW Fame Board, which will be earmarked to help the BTW-CW department recover from the recent fire that decimated the school’s campus.

ASFA-CW 2017-18 Year In Review

Another year, another laundry list of challenges met, achievements earned, and lessons learned. Below the break, you’ll find an impressive list of the tangible successes our students have won this year; the pictures above are worth a thousand words awards, though. They speak to, well, ASFA-CW’s bigger picture, c. 2017-18… Continue reading

ASFA-CW Senior Profile: Ashley Tate

Memory Lane

Ashley’s Cadence bios through the years:

  • Ashley Tate is the new black. (2015)
  • Ashley Tate: “My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou (2016)
  • Ashley Tate: I don’t wear outfits; I create looks. (2017)
  • Ashley Tate has never seen a thin person drinking diet coke. (2018)

Seven Questions: Past, Present, Future

What’s your first creative memory?

My first creative memory would be when I was in second grade. That is when I really got into reading any book I could get my hands on, which led to me writing. There was a field that the kids used to play in at after school care. I was lollygagging in the fields, not really paying attention to the people around me. I was focusing on the grass and the little flowers that were blooming around that time. I looked at a flower and saw a little ladybug, and I thought that it was the prettiest thing. I couldn’t stop writing little poems about that ladybug. Continue reading