The growing BYLR community convened once again to celebrate the release of our stunning second issue, Pockets. This time, we opted for some less conventional activities on the program. First off, a few brave contributors sat in the hot seat for Speed Interviews, in which anyone attending could sit across from them and ask them questions they like for 3 minutes. Five courageous poets also produced Poetry Under Pressure - poems custom written for attendees on demand in just 3 minutes per poem! For our feature event, a room full of peers, teachers, and we the editors all sat back in awe as a student-run student panel of writers posed and answered real questions about writing with insight and impressive sincerity. Finally, Director Simon Shieh closed the evening with a presentation of the brand new identity of our growing organization: InkBeat Arts!
The editors and supporters of Beijing Youth Literary Review gathered in the same room for the first time, to celebrate the publication of our very first issue, Maps. Many of our contributing writers volunteered to get up to the mic and read their work, impressing their audience of peers, teachers, parents, and community supporters beyond expectations. This event officially put BYLR on the map and confirmed the great talent and passion that many high schoolers in Beijing have for the creative arts!
The students at Renda Fuzhong really blew us away when Simon paid them a visit on World Poetry Day. You can see the work of some of RDFZ's students in the first issue of the Beijing Youth Literary Review, which you can buy here.