UHSPSI Writing Workshop w. Chelsea Guevara

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UHSPSI Writing Workshop w. Chelsea Guevara

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There There by Tommy Orange: Finding What We Belong To

Description: Regardless of what people tell us, we are who we are. Here, we will take a look at how various types of people fit into some groups and spill into others, in Tommy Orange’s There There. In his exploration about roots and identity, self-reflection and outside opinion clash. One must figure out where they belong, and what draws them closer to that place. What are all of the things that make you feel you belong where you do? How do others make you feel different? How do they make you aware that in their world, you are not where you’re supposed to be? In the end, how does all of this affect your relationship with yourself and others in your group?


Chelsea Guevara is a poet and spoken word artist from West Jordan, Utah. Part Salvadoran, part American, her words focus heavily on Latinx and immigrant struggles. She has performed at multiple venues across the Salt Lake Valley, captaining the State Champion 2019 Copper Hills Poetry Slam Team and also taking individual honors at both the Utah Arts Festival, where she was crowned Youth Indie Slam Champion, as well as Sugar Slam. She recently represented the state of Utah at the Women of the World Poetrt Slam competition in Dallas. Her poetry has been featured on Write About Now as well as KRCL's RadioACTive. Chelsea is currently studying medicine at the University of Utah, while also competing in and presenting poetry at local venues. She also coaches poetry for her former team at Copper Hills.