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This spring, YI Writers had the opportunity to meet Glenn Ligon, an artist who often uses appropriated text in his challenging and thought provoking work. As he led YI teens through his exhibition, he spoke about where he finds his inspiration and how the words of writers like James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston stick with him. He has also borrowed text from musicians, comedians, and even his friends. YI Writers took this into consideration as they created works inspired by the words of novelists, poets, playwrights, musicians, and even an astronaut! Working with artist-in-residence Angel Otero, they experimented with various ways of altering text. Using everything from paint to stickers to oil skins, YI Writers found different ways to share what their selected words mean to them.