PATHfinder and POPS Club Anthologies
Since its founding in 2013, each year POPS the Club has published a collection of the poetry, stories, essays and artwork that were created by members of POPS clubs and its graduates and community partners. These books are healing for families, relished by students from elementary school through college, used in prisons and detention centers as inspiration, and praised by librarians, educators and literary journals. In 2020, POPS launched Out of the Woods Press to expand the reach and range for these critical voices and visions. In 2023, The Pathfinder network assumed operation of POPS the Club, carrying on their publishing legacy and incorporating student work from members of the PATHfinder Club.
Coming February 13: Advice to 9th Graders
“Advice to 9th Graders: Stories, Poetry, Art & Other Wisdom” is not just a book but a guiding light in the tumultuous journey of high school.
The pages of this anthology are brimming with personal essays, poems, drawings, and many other creative expressions. Early in this volume of poetry, essays, stories, and wisdom created by the youth of The PATHfinder Club and POPS the Club and edited by Amy Friedman, Tamira Shany advises readers that we have just two options: "Take pride and fail or endure and succeed." As you dive into Advice for 9th Graders (designed to guide 9th graders as they navigate high school but equally inspiring for the rest of us), we begin to understand that these young people are steering us toward endurance. The contributions from these talented, youthful voices form a bridge of wisdom and encouragement, illuminating the intricate facets of family, academics, empathy, and personal growth.