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Youth Poets On Body Image

Steve Scher
02/27/2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Coal Terminal Planned For Longview: Plans to export Rocky Mountain coal through a port in Longview are back on the front burner. Millennium Bulk Terminals originally proposed shipping five million tons of coal through Longview headed for Asia. That plan was shelved last year after documents surfaced suggesting the company didn't convey the full scope of its plan to state regulators. Permits filed last week indicate the company wants to ship five times that amount — 25 million metric tons of coal — through Longview at first, and eventually increase to 44 million metric tons.

Youth Poets On Body Image: Two poets join us during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to share art born of personal struggles with eating disorders and pressures over body image. How does poetry help youth unburden their frustration with body images foisted on them? What expectations are young people trying to live up to? How can a healthy body image be fostered?

Around The Water Cooler: Plenty of stories catch our attention day–tondash;day; the stories we post on Facebook or share with our friends. Join us as we gather around the "water cooler" to muse over our own personal trending stories. Would you give up personal information to get a better seatmate on a plane? Would you geolocate your own condom use online if it encouraged others to practice safe sex? What did you think of the Oscars?

Read Katie McCorkell's poem "How To Help Someone With An Eating Disorder."


Eric de Place is a senior researcher at the Sightline Institute, an environmental advocacy group opposing a Longview terminal.

Katie McCorkell is a slam poet alum of Youth Speaks Seattle. She's currently a senior at the University of Washington.

Kim Selling is a slam poet and graduate of the University of Washington.

Rachel Flotard is a musician, artist and business owner.

Peter Steinbrueck is an architect and former Seattle City councilmember.

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