Write with Pride cultivates brave and barrier-breaking spaces for LGBT+ youth in order to build community and provide resources that foster well-being.

As part of her Academy American Poet Laureate Fellowship, Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Amie Whittemore is partnering with Southern Word to create brave writing and sharing spaces for LGBT+ teens in Davidson and Rutherford Counties. Over the course of the year, Write with Pride Coordinator Taria Person will lead school workshops in collaboration with LGBT+ clubs, hosting out-of-school writing sessions and open mics, and executing a youth conference on the MTSU campus as part of the LGBT+ College Conference.

Please reach out to info@southernword.org if you are interested in partnering and growing this initiative. This includes sponsorship opportunities to match investments by the Academy of American poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please check back for the 2023-24 Calendar of Events.