Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

Juan

New York City high school student Juan reads “Untitled,” written in response to Larry Bradley’s poem “Barber.” Juan took part in a poetry-writing program carried out by T&W as part of the national Poetry Out Loud memorization and recitation competition.

Young Writers of the World: Ethan

Ethan is a student in a Brooklyn, New York public middle school and was in a seventh-grade class taught by writer and T&W teaching artist Liz Arnold in the spring of 2015. He talked about his experience in the class and his plans for the future with editor Susan Karwoska this past May.  * Ethan:…

Hunger

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE By Sarah Dohrmann Today I taught poetry to 6th-graders in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Caribbeans and Orthodox Jews, Yemenis and Central Americans. We read Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén’s “El Hambre” (“Hunger”) from his collection, The Great Zoo. The poem starts:   Esta es el hambre. Un animal / todo colmillo y ojo. / Nadie lo engaña ni…

AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR SZE: SEEKING THE SILK DRAGON

INTERVIEW By Andy Fogle This interview with poet Arthur Sze by Andy Fogle and his students is a companion piece to “Playing with Difficulty: A High School Class on Arthur Sze’s Quipu Offers Ideas for Using Creative Writing to Explore Challenging Literature,”which describes Fogle’s experience teaching Sze’s work to high school seniors. ~editors Arthur Sze is…

WHERE VOICES ARE MADE, AND WHERE THEY FIND US

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE    By Emily Wallis Hughes For more than a decade, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and New York University’s Creative Writing Program have partnered on the NYU Writers in Public Schools Fellowship program. In this program, three first-year MFA students who have been selected as fellows observe T&W teaching artists and receive support…

PLAYING WITH DIFFICULTY: A HIGH SCHOOL CLASS ON ARTHUR SZE’S QUIPU OFFERS IDEAS FOR USING CREATIVE WRITING TO EXPLORE CHALLENGING LITERATURE

EDUCATING THE IMAGINATION By Andy Fogle  As part of the class described below, Fogle contacted Sze, asking if he would be open to responding to student questions about his work. Sze agreed, and his wide-ranging and incisive musings on poetry in response to questions from both Fogle and his class can be read in “Seeking the Silk…

Young Writers of the World: Adelle

Adelle is a student in a Manhattan public school in New York City and was in a second-grade class taught by poet and T&W teaching artist Matthew Burgess in the spring of 2015. She talked about her poetry, dreams, and imagination with editor Susan Karwoska this past May.  * Teachers & Writers: What do you enjoy…

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

LESSON PLAN By Jeffrey Pflaum  Photo (above) by Roman Oleinik Grade(s) taught: 2nd–5th Genre(s) taught: Short fiction, narrative Download: A Penny For Your Thoughts  Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5) CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2–5.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences…

Untitled

A response to “Barber” by Larry Bradley  “Unitled” By Juan  Who are you? The man that holds that Sharp razor against my waiting skin Who, knows how to perfectly outline the hair on the back Of my head… to satisfy the needs of a boy who yearns for cleanliness I have to speak to you,…

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