Reading Texts as a Prelude to Analysis

by Jason DeHart As a teacher in an undergraduate composition course for incoming freshmen, one of the great joys I have experienced is setting the stage for analytical writing with a variety of reading experiences. In fact, I have discovered a new-found love for analysis by teaching composition in this way. This process usually begins…

In The Borough of Poetry

Introduction Erika Luckert & Matthew Thompson Writers-in-Residence, February 2019 We began this year’s program with a poem by Brooklyn-born poet Martin Espada called “The Republic of Poetry,” where Espada imagines a world in which poetry is everywhere. The title for this year’s anthology was inspired by Espada’s poem, and by the enormous wealth of poetry…

Finding Freedom: An Every Day Mood

Student writing from John Jay High School of Law 10th Grade Students Amina Henry, Writer-in-Residence, Spring 2019 Introduction It’s been a pleasure to work with students at John Jay High School of Law. For this residency we had a thematic focus on oppression and liberation, exploring the voices of those who have been oppressed while…

Workshops & Professional Development

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) provides school-based and after-school writing programs led by professional writers for K-12 students, professional development workshops for teachers and administrators, and writing workshops for young people and adults at community sites. Click here to learn more.   School-Based Residencies During a T&W program, students work closely with a professional writer….

NY Poetry Out Loud

What is Poetry Out Loud? Poetry Out Loud (POL), an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Students in grades 9 – 12 memorize and recite poems in local, regional and…

Poems by Soad

Vanessa Casco, teacher Assignment: Students read The BreakBeat Poets Poets Anthology and chose a poem to inspire them to create new work. Day 2 Poemby Soad This, we block and ignoreThis, we are blind to. The world has swallowed itself into rage and hate. Into warThis, where the jokes end.This, where the little boys are…

Dear America

by Matt Malyon The day after the 2016 election, I was scheduled to facilitate a creative writing workshop at our site in Skagit County Juvenile Detention. I’d awoken that morning into what felt like a new and darker version of America. Deep melancholy would be putting it mildly. By midmorning, I was working on the…

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