Big News! OTB to Become Generations Literary Alliance

For the past two years, Own the Boards has been dedicated to empowering people through literature, creative writing, and performance. We’ve accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, earning our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, developing relationships with local businesses and organizations, and piloting such program as LifeWords Reading Circles, Bridge Summer Reading Program, and Read More …

Clark and Riggins to Helm New Youth Slam Initiative

This fall, Own the Boards is joining forces with area spoken-word artists to start a youth slam program for teens. We’re happy to announce that Jonathan “Courageous” Clark and Olivia Riggins will serve as our official program instructors. Join us in congratulating them and take a minute to learn why they’ll make such an awesome Read More …

OTB Poetry Performance Workshops Lay Groundwork For Future

  Last Saturday morning, a mixed group of students and performances poets met up for Own the Boards’s first ever performance poetry workshop. The meeting marks the start of what we hope to become a staple initiative. In attendance were students from Knox County schools and LifeWords Reading Circles, all of whom took part in activities Read More …

This #GivingTuesday, Help Us Celebrate and Support OTB’s Future

We’ve got big news at OTB: We’re legit! We’re now an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a ruling that means exciting things for us. 2015 has been a big year. Our online archive is up and running, with a smoother interface and uploading process. We kicked off LifeWords Reading Circles at Sherrill Hills Retirement Community. This Read More …

What’s In a Name?

Since August, Own the Boards President Dr. Laura Keigan has conducted LifeWords Literature Seminars at Sherrill Hills Retirement Community, in Knoxville, TN. This lifelong-learning initiative facilitates the discussion and performance of literature of all genres and is designed to help participants stay sharp and socially engaged. Yet, after several discussions with prospective participants, we’ve decided to tweak Read More …