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Butler Writers is an outreach of the Butler University English Department and MFA Creative Writing program that seeks to empower and amplify the voices of high school students in the Indianapolis community by connecting them with mentors and methods for self-expression.

Since its inception in 2011, this Jefferson Award-winning initiative has generated more than 1,800 mentee-mentor contact hours annually and served more than 1,500 unique students at our IPS partner schools.

For the first time, Manuscripts is proud to present a piece from a young poet in the Butler Writer’s after-school creative writing club. Shaun'tae Swanson is a sophomore at Shortridge High School. Her writing is influenced by what she witnesses and experiences as a female, as a teenager, as an African American, as a student, and as a human being.

To learn more about the program, please visit butlerwriters.org.



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