On April 18 from 5:00-10:00, all delivery and pick up orders from Garage Pizza, Mid City Pizza, Pizza Delicious, and all Reginelli’s Pizzeria locations will feature poems by New Orleans writers ages 6-18.
Each of our pizza partners has generously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to support Big Class’s free creative writing programs for under-resourced youth.
Big Class is also excited to partner with Chapter 510, our fellow youth writing champions in Oakland, to make The Pizza Poetry Project a bridge from New Orleans to the Bay Area. Look out for our sticker on pizza boxes in Oakland at all five Lanesplitter Pizza locations and Rotten City Pizza.
Share the poem you receive and your responses using #pizzapoetry on social media!

Our official Pizza Poetry Project poster was co-designed by Big Class Open Studio student D’Andre Johnson (special thanks to Heather Muntzer, Julia Lavigne, and Carrie Chappell), inspired by his poem:

BIG FOOT AND HIS FRIEND HOMER SIMPSON


Big Foot

is black

and hairy

and 8 feet tall.

His eyes are 10 inches wide

Big Foot loves to ride ships

and play in the park.

He always gets pizza and eats donuts out

of the candy machine.

Big Foot’s friend is Homer Simpson

They all have fun, be crazy, and

EAT PIZZA

On April 18 from 5:00-10:00, all delivery and pick up orders from Garage Pizza, Mid City PizzaPizza Delicious, and all Reginelli’s Pizzeria locations will feature poems by New Orleans writers ages 6-18.

Each of our pizza partners has generously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to support Big Class’s free creative writing programs for under-resourced youth.

Big Class is also excited to partner with Chapter 510, our fellow youth writing champions in Oakland, to make The Pizza Poetry Project a bridge from New Orleans to the Bay Area. Look out for our sticker on pizza boxes in Oakland at all five Lanesplitter Pizza locations and Rotten City Pizza.

Share the poem you receive and your responses using #pizzapoetry on social media!

Our official Pizza Poetry Project poster was co-designed by Big Class Open Studio student D’Andre Johnson (special thanks to Heather Muntzer, Julia Lavigne, and Carrie Chappell), inspired by his poem:

BIG FOOT AND HIS FRIEND HOMER SIMPSON

Big Foot

is black

and hairy

and 8 feet tall.

His eyes are 10 inches wide

Big Foot loves to ride ships

and play in the park.

He always gets pizza and eats donuts out

of the candy machine.

Big Foot’s friend is Homer Simpson

They all have fun, be crazy, and

EAT PIZZA

Only four days left to submit your poem for publication on a pizza box! Learn more here. Struggling with crafting a perfect poem to share with pizza eaters? Are you following along with our Pizza Poetry Blog? Lots of awesome prompts to get you started, thanks to Big Class Poets-in-Residence Carrie Chappell and Kelly Jones.

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Concrete Poetry!!!

This style of poetry is sometimes called ‘shape poetry’ or ‘visual poetry,’ because concrete poems are shaped like what they are about. Here is an example of this sort of writing (that appeared originally way back in 1865 in Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland):

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Here’s an explanation of Pizza Poetry from a few of our wonderful Open Studio students.

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Writing Prompt #2

Prompt: Write a blues poem that expresses a particular frustration of yours. 

Blues poetry, the brotherly and sisterly lyric of blues music, is a powerful writing form. It emphasizes the human spirit of willpower in the face of great odds. Considered by many to be healing songs, blues music can sometimes contain story, or narrative. 

Check out this poem by a young writer posted on Writer’s Area. It creates a narrative and outlines a problem. What is this writer attempting to heal from?

"Nagging Parents Blues"

My mom came into my room,
And saw that it was a mess.
She said that I was grounded,
So now I am depressed.

Now I have to sit here,
And think of something to do.
I look in my closet,
But all I found was,”Guess Who.”

I got the blues,
The Nagging Parents Blues!

I looked around for my phone,
Just to make one call.
But when I finally found it,
The plug was out of the wall.

So now I am out of a phone,
And nothing to do.
But then I thought of something,
I think i’ll listen to some tunes.

I played the music so loud,
My mom came in agian,
And said,”I am not proud!”
So then I turned it down.

After about ten minutes,
My mom came in one last time.
She said,”I am sorry that I wined.
You can go and play now,
Oh by the way, have a good time.”

I had the blues,
The Nagging Parents Blues!

—Leslie Paige
Copyright © 2000, Age 14

For many composers, the blues are about loss. For inspiration, you might want to watch this clip of famous blues musician, Son House, singing his “Downhearted Blues.” Why do you think this artist chose to sing about his heartache?

Many times blues poems can feel like blues music. Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes is particularly famous for some of his blues poems. Check out one of his poems below as posted by poets.org. Do you feel music in his poem?

Po’ Boy Blues

When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
Since I come up North de
Whole damn world’s turned cold.

I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong.
Yes, I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong,
But this world is weary
An’ de road is hard an’ long.

I fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
Fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
She made me lose ma money
An’ almost lose ma mind.

Weary, weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I’s so weary
I wish I’d never been born.

—Langston Hughes 

While blues poetry does sometimes emphasize the sadder sides of life, blues poems can be an especially beautiful way to just blow off some steam.  

 Traditionally, blues poems are formal, incorporating meter and rhyme. However, many blues poets in the past and writing today exercise a lot of freedom in the form and do not always follow a particular 

We hope you have a fun day exploring the blues. Here are a few other inspiration poems:

"The Lunch Box Blues" by Dr. Patricia Stohr-Hunt

Blues Poems by North Kansas City High School Sophomores

Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden as represented in the film, Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

 

What Is a Poem?

A poem is crazy. A poem is

funny. A poem is active. A poem is

curiosity. A poem is fun. A poem is

where you can do anything. A poem

is you.

—Diva Dollis, Akili Academy, Age 8

Big Class’s Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18. From April 1st-April 14th, New Orleans’ young writers may compose and submit poems to Big Class. Working together with some of the best pizza joints in town, Big Class will publish submitted poems on pizza boxes, for delivery and pick up, on the evening of April 18th. Festivities highlighting the accomplishments of these poems and their writers will continue with a Pizza Poetry Party at the end of the month on April 29th .
The Pizza Poetry Project seeks to reveal a vibrant and supportive poetry community in New Orleans that celebrates youth writing and poetry in general. For questions or to become involved, please email pizzapoetryproject@gmail.com.
For the entirety of the month, Big Class will be making updates to the Pizza Poetry Blog. Check in to find writing prompts, inspiration poems and stories, poetic discussions and interviews, and much more.

Big Class’s Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18. From April 1st-April 14th, New Orleans’ young writers may compose and submit poems to Big Class. Working together with some of the best pizza joints in town, Big Class will publish submitted poems on pizza boxes, for delivery and pick up, on the evening of April 18th. Festivities highlighting the accomplishments of these poems and their writers will continue with a Pizza Poetry Party at the end of the month on April 29th .

The Pizza Poetry Project seeks to reveal a vibrant and supportive poetry community in New Orleans that celebrates youth writing and poetry in general. For questions or to become involved, please email pizzapoetryproject@gmail.com.

For the entirety of the month, Big Class will be making updates to the Pizza Poetry Blog. Check in to find writing prompts, inspiration poems and stories, poetic discussions and interviews, and much more.

On March 19 an enthusiastic audience of readers packed into Maple Street Book Shop for a celebration of the publication of the newest Big Class book Can Your Shoes Do Magic? Tales of the Fantastic. The young authors and illustrators from the book, which was created in Ms. Nicol’s 3rd-grade class at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, read their stories (about princesses, zombies, and everything in between) to one of the largest audience’s in Maple Street’s 50-year history. The evening was capped with cupcakes on Maple Street’s front porch, as the young authors were swarmed with questions about their stories and autograph requests. Their book is now for sale at the shop and on the Big Class web site.

Special thanks to Big Class volunteers Ashley Teamer, Eliza Walker, and Erin Jordan, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy faculty, staff, and families, and Matt Carney, Gladin Scott, and Maureen Iverson of Maple Street Book Shop for being a huge part of a magical evening.

Our small group in Thursday’s Open Studio took a break from their current projects to have a Mardi Gras writing party. Happy Mardi Gras from Big Class!

THE KREWE OF BLUESSSS!!!!!

By Amaya Smith

One day I went to a parade called The Krewe of Blues and I went with my dad and my sister. And I was like “everyone is supposed to be glad, but they are sad.” And they were throwing depressing pills, and that’s unusual. And all of them were saying “she loved me first!” So that’s why they called it The Krewe of Blues. But the next float everyone was saying “she loved me first!” but in a happy way. And they were just throwing perky pills. So that’s allllll I have to say about the Krewe of Blues.

A Really Crazy Float 

By Kennedi Smith

A crazy float had a snake in the front but it wasn’t a normal snake that we saw. It was not made out of paper or clay; it was the real thing. The snake was really big like a boat, 10 ft tall and 8 ft wide and at the back of the float people were hanging off the float but when we grabbed the people they melted, because it was made out of cake, and when we say give me something mister they gave you pizza, popcorn, snakes, dogs, even babies. It was a crazy day but it was very fun. Happy Mardi Gras.

The Krewe of Fire

By Diamond Mascalato

One day a nice parade was going by until the beads caught fire. Everyone started screaming and then caught fire and that is why they call it The Krewe of FIRE!

The Best Day of My Life

By Briecia Neville

The first day I went to a parade was when I was 9 years old. I went with my mom and auntie that was a special day of my life because it was my first time there. When I was there I saw lots of floats and people there. I saw my best friend  march in the parade she was really pretty when she marched. When I was there they had lots of foolish people there. They were fighting each other and one person got arrested for hitting someone’s girlfriend and catching a bead in her face. They have some crazy people out there so watch out people.

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By Akilah Toney

laughter on Canal

Beads gliding with the air

fun dancing with the crisp wind

the joy behind our mask

it’s love at last