Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Contemporary Poetry Pairings Can Enhance Learning Across Subject Areas

One of the most powerful ways to explore poetry is in conjunction with other disciplines. Case in point: I once gave a reading at Johns Hopkins University to a small audience of academics and other guests. At this event, I read my poem, "Entropy", a poem about the struggle that parents face with small child … Continue reading Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Contemporary Poetry Pairings Can Enhance Learning Across Subject Areas

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Beyond Balance: Satisfaction for the Teacher-Writer/ Writer-Teacher

"My conference is all about trying to figure things out, to consider how to integrate our responsibilities with our ideals, to deal forthrightly with our own longing to create emotionally and intellectually satisfying work even as we support others' longing to do the same." -- from Dawn Potter's July 10, 2018 blog post, "Negotiating the … Continue reading Beyond Balance: Satisfaction for the Teacher-Writer/ Writer-Teacher

Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Online Resource on Poetic Forms and Terms

Those of you who know me, know that I've been a fan of Poetry Out Loud for quite some time. Their site just keeps getting better for students and teachers of poetry. I'd like to highlight one thing in particular: Poetic Forms and Terms This area of their site is particularly useful for educators and … Continue reading Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Online Resource on Poetic Forms and Terms

Not Sure What Poetry to Read?

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to recommend poetry to others, especially in the summer, when both students and their teachers are looking for new ways to expand their reading lives. If you've run out of options or are simply wanting to infuse your summer reading with poems, why not check out Emily … Continue reading Not Sure What Poetry to Read?

Appearances @ the 11th Bookworm International Literary Festival

  So I know this may be far away for some of you, but if you're in the Beijing area this coming weekend, March 17-18, I'll be participating on two panels at the Beijing Bookworm Bookstore for their 11th Bookworm International Literary Festival. Click on the image above to get details about the Poetry in … Continue reading Appearances @ the 11th Bookworm International Literary Festival

Writing, Teaching, & Self Care: 2018 & Beyond

I recently came across this brief article, "Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing" in The Guardian, and I thought it was especially appropriate for teachers who also want to make writing lives of their own. However, I do have one additional piece of advice which is especially … Continue reading Writing, Teaching, & Self Care: 2018 & Beyond

A New Year’s Gratitude for the Light that a Literary Press and Its Founder Brought to Me

The older I get, the more I appreciate those who have nurtured my writing life. Enter Bertha Rogers, poet, artist, teacher, and founder of Bright Hill Press; she's a literary friend I've known for over twenty years, a friend who recently retired from running the upstate New York arts organization she founded in 1992. While I was … Continue reading A New Year’s Gratitude for the Light that a Literary Press and Its Founder Brought to Me