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  • Nassem Alavi (Memoir), Bella Coles (Poetry), and Charlie Stuip (Memoir) won San Francisco Bay Area Teen Writing Awards
  • Charlie Stuip (12th Grade) won a Gracie Award for a radio piece she did for All Things Considered about Title IX and sexual assault and harassment in K-12 schools,
  • Justin Walton (11th Grade) performed at the Hiero Day Festival with rappers Talib Kweli Black Thought from the Roots
  • Leila Mottley (12th) read at Chapter 510 as Oakland's 2018 Youth Poet Laureate. 
  • Alumni Elena Ruiz (graduated 2017, currently a sophomore at Pratt) had her essay, 5 Attempts, written about her experience as a black woman at Pratt, published in the Women's Review of Books' July/August issue.

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-Lit Arts senior Daisha Williams, wrote an article for the Oakland Post News Group on protests regarding the overturning of Roe v Wade that was picked up nationally.  She and fellow Lit Arts senior Sarah Clemmons all served as interns for the post and were selected to be paid contributors and copywriters this summer.
-Lit Arts alum ('19) Charlie Stuip was written up in the Daily Bruin for her production company, Highball Media, which was started with fellow OSA alum, Lucy Urbano ('19). 
-Justin Walton, or Jwalt (‘19) released his new single, “Nothing New” earlier this year.
-Leila Mottley will be speaking at City Arts & Lectures this fall! Lit Arts alum, Leila Mottley ('19) in conversation with Michelle Lee, co-presented with Youth Speaks on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm at the Sydney Goldstein Theater.
"A native of Oakland, California, Leila Mottley uses her writing as a tool to call for social justice reform and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Her acclaimed poetry has appeared in Oprah Daily and The New York Times, and her incandescent debut novel Nightcrawling was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her 2022 Book Club, making Mottley the club’s youngest author ever. Inspired by true stories of the exploitation of young women by police departments in the United States, including a 2015 case in Oakland and its subsequent cover-up, the book has earned widespread acclaim.