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Pizza Poetry Project highlights students poems on pizza boxes



  In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the local literacy and tutoring center Big Class ( is teaming up with New Orleans pizza joints to publish student work on pizza boxes. Students ages 6 to 18 wrote poetry for the Pizza Poetry Project (, and their work will be displayed on the boxes April 18. Participating pizzerias include Pizza Delicious, (617 Piety St., 504-676-8482;, Mid-City Pizza (4413 Banks St., 504-483-8609; and all the New Orleans locations of Reginelli's Pizzeria (citywide; A portion of the proceeds from pizza sold that night benefits Big Class' free creative writing programs in New Orleans.

  As for what kind of verse to expect with a pizza, Big Class director Doug Keller says the center has received poetry "that ranges from an ode to chocolate by an 8-year-old in the Big Class Open Studio after-school program to a poem that explores questions of pedagogy from a 16-year-old."

  "The idea is to showcase the diversity of student voices and what poetry is capable of, and getting it to as wide a readership as possible through the magic of pizza," he adds.

  Keller notes that many of the poems are about pizza. Big Class, the educational division of Press Street ( had received about 100 poems for the project as of April 8.

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