By Shateek Palmer
"Below, an essay by Shateek Palmer, a student at Central Park East High School. It originally ran in Represent, a Youth Communication magazine by and for young people in foster care in New York City.
"Shateek explains how writing has helped him express his emotions and feel less “alone in the world” since he was 9 years old. We publish it as part of our celebration of the National Day on Writing this week."