Kenyaita Hodge (con’d)

If you could put a second Mighty Writers anywhere, where would it be and why? I believe students in Southwest Philadelphia would benefit from Mighty Writers programs. It would be wonderful to be a presence throughout the city of Philadelphia.

What was your favorite book as a kid? As a kid I loved reading the Harry Potter series! I was in third or fourth grade (like many of our students in Academy) when the first book was published. I’ve read ALL of the books; many of them more than once.

What did you like to write as a kid? I enjoyed writing in my diary when I was younger. I would talk about my day and how I felt. I loved expressing myself without having my thoughts critiqued or judged.

Who influenced you to care about writing and how did they do it? My mother influenced me to write. She is an amazing writer. She would write letters to me and to my family members all of the time. It made me feel special because her letters were so personal. She would also stress how important penmanship is when writing people.

What was the last book you read and what did you think of it? The last book I read was The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. It was a very thought provoking book, full of imagery. I could picture each character as they fought in the Vietnam War. I could feel their sadness, anxiety, pain and exhilaration. I didn’t want the book to end but I enjoyed each page as if it were the first.

What is your favorite thing to write now? I write in a journal every evening before I go to bed. I write about anything that comes to mind. I have written about how I could have improved my day, what I’ve learned, about my goals and I also write down my prayers. It helps me get through the tough days and helps me appreciate the good ones.

What keeps you coming back to Mighty Writers? I love working with my students and the other volunteers. I enjoyed getting to know each one of them. The highlight of my day is coming to volunteer at Mighty Writers!

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