Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “For My Father//For My Father’s Son” By Fareena Arefeen

Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate talks about her love of making lists and about a favorite poet.

"There should be in every poem parts of my experience that someone can relate to ... that's something that I'd like to achieve, just make my poetry connect with the reader as much as I possibly can." - Fareena Arefeen
“There should be in every poem parts of my experience that someone can relate to … that’s something that I’d like to achieve, just make my poetry connect with the reader as much as I possibly can.” – Fareena Arefeen

In this sound portrait, Fareena Arefeen talks about her writing process and how her cultural heritage inspires her, and she reads a poem modeled after another poem by one of her favorite poets, Ocean Vuong.

Fareena Arefeen is a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and a first-generation American. In November 2016, she was chosen as Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate from a pool of dozens of talented local teens. Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate is an initiative led by WITS, the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library. The position was designed to help young teens foster creative growth in our diverse and unique city.

This poem was previously published in Writers in the Schools Youth Advisory Council’s “Flood Zone Zine” and is reprinted with permission by the author.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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