Destiny Jennings used to write her father letters when he was in jail. She started when she was about 7 years old, and kept writing until she was a young teen.
Because of the letters, Jennings, now a high school junior, explored other forms of writing. She began to write poetry — sometimes about her father, sometimes about the anger she felt over his drug habit, or over her mother choosing her new boyfriend over her kids.
It was her 17th birthday on Thursday, when she met poet and writer Jimmy Santiago Baca. He taught himself to read and write during a five-year prison sentence on drug charges.
“Calla te, 17 today?” Baca said....