ASFA-CW + #Birmingham Arts Journal to host 14th Annual “My Favorite Poem” Community Reading in Support of BTW Arts Magnet #BTWstrong | Fri Sep 28 | 7 PM | @asfaschool Lecture Hall

My Favorite Poem

It’s that time of year again:

ASFA-CW and the Birmingham Arts Journal are teaming up for our fourteenth annual My Favorite Poem community reading on Fri Sep 28 at 7 p.m. in the ASFA Lecture Hall! Here’s a highly shareable link to the Facebook event page:

And this year there’s an important philanthropic twist:

The Booker T Washington magnet school for the arts in Montgomery burned down last month. They lost much of their campus, the library, and a great deal of expensive Visual Arts and Media Arts equipment/supplies. They’ve been displaced to a dormant elementary school, and they’re trying to salvage this school year as they recover/rebuild for the future.

All that’s to say: we’ve invited the BTW-CW students to join us at the MFP event. Eleven students, three parents, and the chair of the CW department (Foster Dickson) will attend; two of their students will join the group of readers, and we’re going to set up a Poem-on-Demand donation table in the lobby during the reception.

All that’s to say: poetry’s always a great cause, but this year we’ve doubled down on great causes. Here’s a link to the BTW Foundation board’s web site for fire-related donations, but the most direct way for folks in the BHM metro to show their support – especially for the BTW writers — is to attend the MFP event at ASFA later this month!

Welcome Back, ASFA-CW 2018-19!

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We’ve already got lots in the hopper — news of faculty and students writing their way to big achievements and well-deserved recognition both locally and nationally, not to mention a slate of cool ASFA-CW events in and around the Magic City throughout the year — so stay tuned to our various social media platforms for the latest and greatest ASFA-CW news! In the meantime, here’s a link to our Announcements page on the ASFA website, where you can find our updated activity calendar. #onwards #upwards

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