Youth Plug-In

As the holidays approach, I feel more and more like a stranger to the cold.  I pile on the down feather jackets, scarves, earmuffs and gloves and hunker down in lattes and a stove full of black beans.  I meditate more and garden less.

Like the holidays, like gifts, this elephant is a symbol of sincerity, honesty, renewal, wisdom and age:  qualities I found in abundance this November while getting to know the work of Jasmine Burr, Teresa Vulcano, Amanda Triandafilou, and fellow writers Rebecca Agiewich and Jeff Encke.

Jasmine Burr talks about her love of writing in a way that is sure to inspire anyone, young or old, to write and remember what it is like to be young.  “With everything happening in the world … it’s critical for youth to be active … to write.” Let’s just say that Jasmine is a voice to follow.  Watch out world!

Theresa Vulcano.  This lady knows what she wants.  “Do you want to read in here,” I asked, motioning toward pillows infused with dim lights and candles, the response was clear.  “Can I?” Theresa said jumping out of her seat.  “Yes.  Yes you can.”  Theresa opened the second half with a bounty of poetry that was inspiring and I am already waiting for more.

Amanda Triandafilou lets you know it’s for real.  Everything spells out the truth.  This is a story, this is the best non-fiction you can get.  When I meet Amanda, she is backed into a corner reciting her poetry like she is about to step onto stage at Bowery Poetry Club or the Rep.  I’m booking my front row seat.  I suggest you do the same.

These three young women held their own with the likes of two of Seattle’s best authors, Jeff Encke and Rebecca Agiewich.  PLOP! has now opened its doors to working with a younger audience, to inviting youth to be a part of what we do and it’s an honor to watch these young artists step to the plate.

photography (c) Daniel Thornton // Alibi Pictures