Teen Crawl in San Francisco

Kevin Wright and jasmine Williams break out their journals.

We just had this incredible Lit Crawl here in the SF Bay Area. On Friday I was the MC for a panel of young published authors at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Library. We kicked off the Teen Crawl. These eight young adults -- 13 to 20 -- were just amazing. Listening to them was like having electricity running through me. Waiting in the green room for our panel to begin was wonderful. Gradually journals and books of poetry started coming out of backpacks. While we waited to go on, we talked and relaxed and Kevin Wright and Brian Hibbeler read and recited Langston Hughes poems.

Laura Jue's journal.

These young adults were an inspiration -- brilliant at both writing and performing. They are passionate, smart, confident and poised. I'm awed. They are involved with WritersCorps, CalSlam, Youth Speaks, 826 Valencia, and Capital City Young Writers.

Here are a few more photos:

Elena Dreisback and Ela Banerjee

Brian Hibbeler

Gabriel Cortez and Laura Jue.

Everybody: Gabriel Cortez, Kevin Wright, Jasmine Williams, Laura Jue, Indiana Pehlivanova, Brian Hibbeler, Ela Banerjee, me, Elena Dreisbach.