T&W writer Matthew Burgess brings us a new poetry activity which uses the poems “Black Nikes” by Harryette Mullen and “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock” by Wallace Stevens as mentor texts that encourage wordplay, imaginative leaps, and experimentation with form.
by Kendra Stanton Lee “All I have are Iggy Pop and dirt-biking before I got locked up,” one student shared with the class. That sounds like plenty of material to me, I said, as I began to jot some of the student’s memories on the board. First, I drew a large rectangle box in dry…
The following article was originally published in print by Teachers & Writers Magazine. by Bill Zavatsky My first sustained reading of Whitman took place in the fall of 1965 or the spring of 1966. It was his “Song of Myself,” a good chunk of which I read while sitting in a lobby at the New…
Paola Capó-García chose to address the challenges of virtual instruction by having her high school students do a deep dive into poetry, allowing them the time and space to explore their own poetic voices.
“Fictional stories and poetry are often held together by fact, and this lesson shows students how they can weave practical knowledge into imaginative writing.” Educator Diane Conmy shares one of her favorite lessons, inspired by autumn and the book “Autumn Leaves” by Ken Robbins.
In this interview, Felicia Rose Chavez and poet and T&W writer Amanda Volel discuss Chavez’s new book “The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom” and how to incorporate anti-racist practices and mindfulness into your workshop classroom.
T&W writer Matthew Burgess brings a new creative writing exercise that refreshes “our perceptual apparatus.” Watch your students slip out of self-consciousness and into play and process with this activity.
photo credit: Poetry Society of America (on the right: Dick Gallup, 1961) Teachers & Writers Collaborative honors the work of poet Dick Gallup, who taught with T&W in the early 1970s. Ron Padgett writes in honor of his friend: “American poet Dick Gallup, once described as a kinder, gentler version of French poet Arthur Rimbaud,…
Profiles of Grace Paley, June Jordan,
Muriel Rukeyser and Anne Sexton, four women instrumental in the founding of Teachers & Writers Collaborative, one of the first ever Writers in the Schools programs.