Underground Writing is a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-need communities in Northern Washington through literary engagement and personal restoration.
One of the original teaching writers with Underground Writing, A. Muia has facilitated workshops with youth in Skagit County Juvenile Detention since 2015.
Workshops encourage generative encounters with literature spanning the tradition—from ancient texts to those written by emerging writers in the workshop. Honoring the transforming power of the word, we believe that attentive reading leads to attentive writing, and that attentive writing has the power to assist in the restoration of communities, the imagination, and individual lives.
Listen to A. Muia read student work from juvenile detention:
balloons of all colors
held in the hands of children
how poverty should not be a thing
when so many people are so wealthy
why people can’t get along
water perfect for swimming
birds that fly overhead and chirp
food to prevent malnourishment
Annabelle, I miss you a lot
sister that I don’t get to see
a near-death experience
crashing my truck
tomorrow is not promised
someone says grow up
I say it happened, get over it
things in my room: clothes, stereo,
drawings from Annabelle
Poem about things in my cell:
books that were recommended
Skagit County Juvenile Detention
Underground Writing: Skagit County Juvenile Detention, Mount Vernon, WA. Photos by Matt Malyon.