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Bright, Poised Cleveland Third-Grader Dazzles Anisfield-Wolf Crowd With Powerful Poem

Isabella Rodriguez, a third-grader from Cleveland’s Walls Elementary School, joined us on Thursday during the Anisfield-Wolf ceremony to recite for us the poem she wrote as part of Traveling Stanzas, a collaborative project between Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio.

Her teacher, Nicole Robinson, was also in attendance, as was Isabella’s proud mother, Natasha Rodriguez, and her stepfather, Matthew Carroll.

Take a minute to read her poem, “Home,” and leave a comment for Isabella. We’ll make sure she sees it!

  • Harriett allen

    September 17, 2012

    I fully believe you are a future winner of this award as you are an amazing young writer…probably with an old soul. I love your poem. Thank you. Love, harriett

  • Lorraine

    September 18, 2012

    Brava, Isabella!

  • Wick Poetry Center

    September 19, 2012

    We’re all so proud of Isabella and her beautiful poem! Folks can also hear Isabella read her poem and see the wonderful Traveling Stanzas poster animation here:

  • PMWillis

    September 24, 2012

    I saw Isabella recite her beautiful poem today on WVIZ’s showing of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Such poise and confidence. I can’t believe she’s in the 3rd grade. I especially love the presentation here at this web site – beautifully done as well. I expect we’ll be hearing more from Isabella in the future. What a talent!

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