These eleven educator poets have been working with me via Zoom all July to acquire the craft, practice, and possibility of poetry when teaching and learning language. Some of these poets are grappling with the uncertainty of online or face to face K-16+ instruction in the near future; others continue full time Ph.D. and/or graduate work; many do both: full time teachers and part-time graduate students. I marvel at how wide open our hearts and minds can be via online instruction. Sometimes fearful of being too personal or too specific in terms of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, races, countries and languages of origin, we say to one another: go deeper, go darker, give us the resonant details of experience.
And each poet has done so.
Tomorrow, Friday July 24, these poets get to sit back, relax and listen to two dynamic and experienced poets read from their work.
Then each teacher poet in the class will share the results of their poetic journeys with the public on July 29, Wednesday at 5pm by Zoom.
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I hope you can join us. I have learned so much from these fantastic individuals featured in the above events and I look forward to sharing this with you!