A writing workshop series for Asian or Pacific Islander (API) high school students in Denver and will culminate in an API Youth Poetry Showcase. The workshop series was created by award-winning poet and independent rapper Meta Sarmiento. The hope is to cultivate a creative space for future API writers to explore their unique identities, cultures, and voices.


The entire project is made possible through grant funding from the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, along with partnerships between Asian Pacific Development Center, Posner Center for International Development, and Global Seed Savers.

Students from all across Denver, CO are invited to register for the workshop series. Students of all writing levels are welcomed. Students will spend three Saturdays in May, writing, editing, and rehearsing new works generated during the workshops
and are invited to present at the Mile High Waves Poetry Showcase.
Registration and attendance are completely free.

Meta Sarmiento will facilitate all workshops and host the showcase.
The hope is to attract at least 12 API poets to the workshops
and to perform at the showcase. The goal is to support the next generation of API writers
and to cultivate an environment for them to explore, grow, and inspire.

More Than Maps

workshop 1
10:30am - 12pm
Asian Pacific Development Center
MAY 09, 2020

An exploration of roots and identity. "Where are you from?"

Skin Deep

workshop 2
10:30am - 12pm
Asian Pacific Development Center
MAY 16, 2020

Question and challenge stereotypical concepts of beauty.

Oceans Away

workshop 3
10:30am - 12pm
Asian Pacific Development Center
MAY 23 , 2020

What is culture and how do we live with it in America?

Poetry Showcase

culminating event
Posner Center for Intl Development
6:30pm - 8pm
MAY 30, 2020

Perform your work for  friends, fans, and community.