"WHAT'S YOUR STORY?"
William Monroe Trotter Innovation School
February 9 & March 9, 2015

 visitors & presenters

Regie Gibson

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Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In addition, he has performed at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, and many other venues. Gibson is widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals, such as Power Lines, An Anthology of Poetry along with Pulitzer-Prize winning poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Yosef Komunyakaa, and Lisel Mueller. His first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin, was released in 2001.

Honorable Judge Mark L. Wolf

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Mark L. Wolf was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1985, served as its Chief Judge from 2006 through 2012, and is now a Senior Judge. He has previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and Chair of the Committee of District Judges on the Judicial Conference, and on the Judicial Conference Committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Codes of Conduct.

Nick Bonstow

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Nick grew up in the countryside of England a triplet of two, competitive, non-identical siblings, which above all taught him the value of talking a lot and having a loud voice! He became very active in local, national and European politics yet at Harvard studies in a much more creative program named Comparative Literature. Nick comes from a rural English family, who have lived in the same English town since the 1630s; this summer he reluctantly learnt to shoot for the first time, and but he doubts he will ever be able to have the patience to fish. 

Isaac Buck

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Born and raised in Roslindale, I attended Boston Public Schools for my entire pre-Harvard career. I went to various schools in Roslindale and JP before ending up at Boston Latin School for seventh through twelfth grades. Now at Harvard, I study American History with a secondary in Economics. After graduation I hope to go into public service. I never had much of an appreciation for poetry in school. As I grow up and have new experiences, make new friendships, and learn more about myself, I have come to appreciate the ability and spectrum of poetry to speak to the human experience. No matter what you are feeling, there is a poem that addresses that feeling. And if you can’t find one, you can write it!

Wenting Gao

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Hi everyone! I am a sophomore studying economics and environmental science and public policy at Harvard College. On campus, I am very involved in the Harvard International Relations Council, the Harvard College Association for U.S.- China Relations, and the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee. During my free time, I love traveling, swimming, reading, and watching movies. I would love to share my love for poetry with you and cannot wait for our dynamic discussions. I look forward to meeting you in person soon!

Alice Jeon

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I was originally born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Toronto, Canada when I was three years old.  At Harvard, I am currently studying social studies with a minor in Psychology. I love thinking about the way people interact with each other and how we form and conform to rules that we create. During winter and summer breaks, I have done a lot of tutoring; I've worked with children ages 11-17, teaching them how to read critically and write analytically. I am so happy to be able to spend more time with younger people (you will soon find that this is one of Judge Wolf's favorite things to say), and I hope we can have a great time learning about the art of poetry! 

Karishma Shah

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Karishma Shah grew up in Long Island, New York and is currently a sophomore at Harvard College studying a joint concentration in Government and Comparative Religion, a secondary concentration in Economics, and a foreign language citation in Spanish. Participating in various art forms, whether it is dance, music, creative writing, or the visual arts, has always been a transformative experience for her, and she hopes that she can share this transformative experience with others through this poetry service project. She believes that there is a lot to learn from taking the unbeaten path in life.

Bran Shim

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I am a senior at Harvard College studying statistics and health policy.  My dream is to become someone who builds bridges between different cultures, sectors, disciplines, and people.  During my time at college, I have worked on political movements in Taiwan and Jordan, human trafficking in Thailand, child soldiers in Sierra Leone, pharmaceuticals in Kenya, stem cells in Japan, and lobbying in the United States.  I worked on projects with the UN, Partners in Health, and Oxfam and I helped build conferences throughout Japan for high school students as the President of the Harvard College Japan Initiative.  Even though I wasn’t what you might think of as a typical “English person” in high school, I always found poetry beautiful and thought provoking, and I am extremely excited to share with you what poetry means to a statistician!