I had all these ideas when I was younger about what it meant to be tough or strong, and it’s just the opposite of what I thought then. Vulnerability is the hardest, bravest place to go.
When I’m teaching, it feels like I’m in an authentic place. It feels like I’m inspired; it feels like I’m a monk. The teaching reinforces the simplicity of writing. The more complex you get as a writer, you still go back to the same elemental things. A great story is always going to have characters, plot. The same things you teach kids in high school for the first time, you have to focus on as a writer. That’s one of the advantages of teaching younger kids because you’re closer to the foundation of what makes good writing.
Donnie Welch speaks with Carolina Cabrera about the link between poetry and place and community writing at O, Miami.
The Beauty of the Snail and the Blinking Rain: A Conversation with Aracelis Girmay about Poetry, Teaching, and Picture Books
Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, Aracelis Girmay earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Her poetry collections include Teeth (2007), Kingdom Animalia (2011), and the black maria (2016), as well as collage-based picture book changing, changing (2005). Aracelis is the editor of How to Carry Water: Selected…
From the beginning of the PEN America Prison Writing Mentorship Program, it has been clear that the most effective relationships between mentors and incarcerated writers are marked by growth and development on both sides. The best mentors, it seems, often get just as much as they give, if not more, from those they mentor. The exchanges between mentors and mentees are marked by a sense of openness, curiosity, and, most importantly, respect.
by Carla Ching The following article was originally published in print by Teachers & Writers Magazine, Spring 2010 . Quiara Alegría Hudes is an award-winning author of plays, musicals, screenplays, and other literary works; in her work, she combines intellectual curiosity with a humanistic vision to tell new American stories. She won the Tony Award…
T&W CHATSPACE with MATTMATT RAYBEAM and guest Glynn Pogue Where can teachers discuss the ins-and-outs of their daily classroom adventures? Do you know a watercooler surrounded by teachers that also write? How about some place where teacher-writers can share tactics without tones hushed considering student ears? T&W ChatSpace is for us. This discussion series is…
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.
Sarah M. Sala’s debut collection, Devil’s Lake, explores American violence and its impact on marginalized groups, including her own queer community. In a range of poetic forms, including erasures, histories, and experimental lyrics, Sala meditates on the relationship between linguistic and physical violence, and asserts that language itself holds the potential for evolution.
Are We Teaching In A New World?: Yahdon Israel on Language Barriers, Educational Politics, and Online Teaching
Read this interview by T&W teaching artist Matthew Thompson with Yahdon Israel, a Brooklyn-based teacher and writer who has used social media and virtual learning to make critical engagement with the written word available and accessible to students across the globe and class spectrum.