Some of Washington’s toughest kids, at the toughest moments in their lives, are locked-up at the only state-run children's psychiatric hospital. They spend their time as residents, patients and students. And on occasion, they also get to be poets, working with the non-profit Pongo Teen Writing Workshop.
The weekly writing workshop unfolds in an ordinary classroom: five kids paired up with five adult mentors.
The mentors ask questions: How are you feeling? What's on your mind? They type up the answers and then flesh them into verse.