Young Writers: The South Bronx Connection

By Dan Laskin, Newsletter Editor, The Kenyon Review. This article was originally posted in The Kenyon Review August 2017 newsletter, available here. The KR Young Writers Workshop—immersive, exhausting, relentlessly exhilarating—can give high school students a powerful taste of new possibilities. That has been especially true for students from the South… Continue Reading ›

Think Babies!

In December 2016, I was fortunate enough to attend the national Zero to Three conference in New Orleans, Louisiana as a representative of the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, where I am a lead early childhood teacher.  I was excited to attend this conference, which was focused on understanding and… Continue Reading ›

HPAC Presents The 6 Train: Volume Four

  Amid the many changes of the new year, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children is proud to present the essays and poems contained in 6 Train: Volume Four. Each of the writers are enrolled in HPAC’s Young Writers Programs: the Storefront Ensemble, Mighty Quills, and Hunts Point scholars at the Kenyon Young… Continue Reading ›

HPAC Presents The 6 Train: Volume III

  For the third year in a row, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children has produced a literary review featuring student writing.  This year, HPAC proudly presents the 6 Train: Volume III, which includes work from scholars in HPAC High School Youth Development Programs, and showcases pieces that were produced… Continue Reading ›


Note: this piece will be included in the HPAC Young Writers Review, The 6 Train: Volume III. Fire scorching the coral and clouds in the depths of the ocean as monkeys battle piranhas in the arctic weather of the Saharan desert Be not afraid but fear for your life For… Continue Reading ›

Half Myself

Note: This piece was originally published in the HPAC Young Writers Review, The 6 Train: Volume II. White walls, varnished wood floor, green shades, an open area for opportunities of furniture, posters, hangers, and mirrors that show how I wake up in the morning. These objects all serve a purpose,… Continue Reading ›

The Long Road to College

As HPAC continues to celebrate the success of our rising college freshmen, I continue to reflect on the road they took to get here. The HPAC Scholars’ impressive list of colleges, scholarships, and financial aid packages are not the result of work beginning last September, but rather years of focus,… Continue Reading ›