Teachers Act Up!

Thoughts on Teaching, Language, and Social Change from Melisa "Misha" Cahnmann-Taylor

Poetry Readings

Featured poetry readings by Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor from “Imperfect Tense” (Whitepoint Press, 2016)


Book review here.


Fall 2017 (forthcoming)

Memphis: Lynn Fogle

UTEP Char Ullman (we hope!)


2017 Readings (Spring)

2/9 Washingtown DC, American Writing Programs

3/7 Redondo poets, Los Angeles

3/8 Ugly Mugg, Los Angeles

3/18 & 19 Portland, Or (American Association of Applied Linguistics) in the WL classroom”

4/4-6 Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas





  • 19 AugustAthens, GA Release party poetry reading, AVID bookshop, 6:30-7:30pm
  • 10 SeptemberMurfreesboro, TN “Writing the “Not Me”: Dramatic Monologue and Persona Poems,” MTSU Fall Creative Writing Conference, 10am
  • 30 SeptemberRaleigh, NC, So-and-So Books, 704 North Person Street, Time TBA – evening
  • 3-7 NovemberChicago, Il. TBA [seeking a place to read and celebrate my birthday!!]
  • Athens, GA – “Poe-Tober” A series of 12-15 events in October funded by the NEA BIG Read featuring the work written and influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, http://www.coe.uga.edu/bigread(website in progress)
  • 10 November, Tuscaloosa, AL, University of Alabama
  • 17 November, Minneapolis, MN American Anthropological Association meeting,”Imperfect Tense: Where Anthropology Meets Poetry to Investigate Bilingual Worlds” 1:45-330pm
  • 18 November, Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Central Library, 12:15-1:30pm
  • TBA December
  • 8-11 February, Washington D.C.


*********************July 2012 SPECIAL***********************

Seat in the Shade: A Summer Poetry Readings Series

Hosted by Poetry for Educators founder, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor (www.teachersactup.com)

July 9-13 in Athens, Georgia

Time: Readings start at 7pm

Place: The Globe

199 North Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30601

 (706) 353-4721

Contact information: James F. Woglom,

 jamesfwoglom@gmail.com(908) 337-9921

Ida Stewart, July 9, 2012

Ida Stewart’s first book, Gloss, won the 2011 Perugia Press Prize. A native of West Virginia, she holds an MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing here at The University of Georgia. She’s a co-editor of Unsplendid and has also served as an editorial assistant at The Georgia Review.

Ginger Murchinson, Tuesday, July 10

Ginger Murchison, together with Thomas Lux, founded Georgia Tech’s POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and editor of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her first collection of poems, Out Here, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008.

Ayodele Heath, Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Born in Atlanta, poet M. Ayodele Heath is a graduate of the MFA program at New England College. His debut poetry collection, Otherness, is available on Brick Road Poetry Press. Heath’s honors include a 2009 Dorothy Rosenberg Prize and a McEver Visiting Chair in Writing at Georgia Tech. He has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem, Summer Poetry at Idyllwild, and the Caversham Centre for Writers & Artists in South Africa and received a grant in Literary Arts from the Atlanta Bureau for Cultural Affairs.

Alice Friman, Thursday, July 12

Alice Friman’s fifth book of poetry is Vinculum, LSU. Previous books are The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Inverted Fire, BkMk, and Zoo, Arkansas. She has received fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bernheim Foundation. Among her prizes are a 2012 Pushcart Prize, the 2001 James Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, plus three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Anthologized widely and published in thirteen countries, she was Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis from 1973 to 1993 and is now Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University.

Poetry by and for Educators, Friday July 13–Readings from the Collective

A night of readings from University of Georgia educators and poets.

The great American poet, Anne Waldman will be visiting us and giving a variety of performances and readings. My favorite Anne Waldman poem/performance, Anne Waldman’s poem, “Stereo”
Listen to this poem, here.
Mark your calendars for her many events in Athens, GA. this fall

11/3 Thursday Reading: 7pm Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue

Description: Waldman will present a range of her own poetry in performance. She draws on ideas of “modal structure” and Sprechstimme (speak-singing) in performance.

The Teacher-Poets Collective will Open with one poem for Anne! Yuri Almetev, Alyssa Hesselroth, Niki Tulk, Linary Kingdon, Cindy Blaire, Jessica Gabriel, Jim Woglom

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11/4 Friday Socratic Rap: 8-9:30 (doors open at 7:30pm) Athica

suggseted $6 donation, no one turned away. Directions and more information here. :

11/7 Monday Lecture 4pm, The Art Museum

Lecture Title:  Outrider: The Role of the Poet as Activist

Description: A talk or “feminafesto” about the role of the poet, drawing on Waldman’s investigative studies, her performative poetry and creative work in “public space”. And her poetics of empathy in the Manatee/Humanity project and her anti-war Iovis epic. She proposes notions of “gift exchange” for artistic cultures and the practice of “sousvelliance”. The Teacher-Poets Collective will Open with one poem for Anne! Runqing Diao, Kexin Shen, Blaire Creamer, Brian O’Shea, Menquiao Tang, Jean Choe, Susan Bleyle, Kuo Zhang, Melissa Howell

With Q & A.

Anne Waldman, poet, performer, professor, cultural activist is the celebrated author of over 40 books of poetry, most recently the hybrid ecological poemManatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets, 2009) and the thousand page anti-war epicThe Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011). Her other books include Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights, S.F.), Marriage: A Sentence (Penguin) and, In the Room of Never Grieve: Selected Poems (Coffee House Press).  She is the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets. She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the  Buddhist inspired Naropa University Boulder, Colorado where she is a Distinguished Professor and Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program.  She is the co-editor of Civil Disobediences:  Poetics and Politics in Action,  and Beats at Naropa, collections of essays from the Kerouac School Archive.  Her play Red Noir was produced by the Living Theatre in New York in 2010, and she has collaborated with numerous artists, writers and composers, including work with her son  composerAmbrose Bye on the CDs “Matching Half” and “The Milk of Universal Kindness”. She has recently presented work at festivals  and conferences in China, India, Paris, Nicaragua and Montreal.

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