˜ "My dream is to create a space where people can not only create, but be encouraged in their creativity.
I was recommended to check out this youth poetry organization called, HearHerePoetry. I went to this poetry slam they were doing and it was the craziest experience. I ended up getting shuffled into this poetry workshop that was happening and a poet from New Mexico, Jessica Lopez, ran us through different prompts and one that stood out was to write about what your name means. She was like, 'You have five minutes, go!' As she said that I was like, 'What does my name mean? I'm the third in my family who had the same name, so is that what I write about? What does this look like?' It was right around the time of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings so I thought as a black man in this country and being someone who is on social media a lot; my name could be the next hashtag, so that's what I wrote about.
You know, if I want to encourage kids to be bold enough to share then I need to be bold enough to share as well. I ended up sharing that night and I could really see how these words were touching people and impacting them in some way. Even sitting there and hearing middle school and high school kids get up and pour out this real pain and anguish of actual struggles they're going through, I was like, 'Oh shoot, words are super powerful.' One day I got home from work and I don't know, there was just this desire tugging on my heart telling me I had to do something. I grabbed a notepad and started jotting down my passions. What excites me? What do I want to do? I know I want to give people a platform to create, I want people to feel encouraged in their creativity and I want it to be sharable. From there, I'm in these poetry communities and I remembered an idea from Taylor Tippett who does words from the window seat. Encouraging words left on a plane window. I didn't want to steal her idea and do plane windows, but I could do car windows." ˜
My friend Alex is spreading positivity wherever he can through Car Window Poetry and it was great to be able to hear about his passions and purpose to spread kindness through creativity. Be sure to follow him on Instagram: @carwindowpoetry and @lewisalex10
Bar Nine / Culver City, CA