Monthly Archives: April 2015

Poetry Out Loud Writing Program in NYC

T&W invites you to celebrate 2015 New York state champ Nikki Metzger and the other young people taking part in Poetry Out Loud across the country by viewing a video about our recent poetry program at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). T&W manages POL-a national recitation competition for high school students-statewide, and our work at PPAS was part…

Interview with Jean Valentine: UNDER THE SURFACE

INTERVIEW Interview with Jean Valentine by Christian McEwen  In April 2015, Bauhan Publishing published Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, a collection of interviews of great poets by writer and teaching artist Christian McEwen. Throughout the year, Teachers & Writers Magazine will publish highlights from this impressive book. Here, McEwen and Jean Valentine hold…

The Middle Hour

The Middle Hour By Roman (Junior High School) I exist in the lingering day the twilight stuck in the middle caught in between the hours I am the twilight the tired day noticing my dreams crawling toward me I am eager to meet them And afraid of what they might be I see the night…

Journey Poems

LESSON PLAN   In this lesson, T&W teaching artist David A. Stoler brings students into the past with a study of “journey poems.” Stoler invites seventh-graders to engage actively with history by imagining the journey of a Colonial character in the style of Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being Brought to America from Africa.” Though this lesson…

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