COMPAS announces the publication of its 36th Anthology of Student Writing


Anthology features works from more than 70 students across Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, December 5, 2015 - Today, COMPAS is proud to announce the Publication of its 36th Anthology of Student Writing, The River Starts Flowing. The River Starts Flowing continues the exciting series’ tradition of showcasing some of the most remarkable poetry, short stories, memoirs, plays, and songs written by talented students from schools across Minnesota.

The River Starts Flowing features work from each Minnesota school to host a COMPAS teaching writer-in-residence during the 2014-15 school year as part of the Creative Classroom program. The anthology pieces were selected from the more than 4,000 pieces created by Minnesota students during the school year.  

The COMPAS Creative Classroom program is one of the largest and longest-running creative education programs in the country. Twenty professional writers were involved in helping to produce the pieces in this anthology. “Encouraging and perpetuating creative thinking is what we strive for,” said Arts Program Director Daniel Gabriel. “That’s why this Anthology is so important. It’s an opportunity to showcase young creators and give them a chance to share their artistry.”

COMPAS is a nationally-recognized provider of arts education programs and has been engaging individuals and communities in creating art since 1974. “Our mission has been and will always be to help people exercise creativity – regardless of age, location, or ability;” said Executive Director Dawne Brown White. “By encouraging young writers, we are helping the leaders of tomorrow develop the creative skills they need to be successful.”

There will be a celebration of the publication of The River Starts Flowing at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul on December 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM. More than 60 of the young authors featured in the book will read their pieces and be celebrated at a reception. In addition, the 19th and 22nd annual Lillian Wright Awards for Creative Writing will be awarded to students in various age categories who provided the best work. This event is free and open to the public.

The River Starts Flowing is available for purchase on and several local bookstores. The River Starts Flowing was made possible in part through support from the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Bergland Foundation, US Bank, Travelers, 3M, and the voters of Minnesota through the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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COMPAS is a nationally recognized leader in arts education, created to reach people from all walks of life with high-quality creative instruction from professional teaching artists. Our artists work alongside students, educators, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and other community members to spark imaginations and infuse lives with creativity. Founded in 1974, COMPAS works with more than 100 teaching artists and reaches more than 50,000 people each year with the power of creativity.

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