A Seminar for Teachers
This intensive seminar is designed to provide teachers with a firm footing for reading and teaching poetry. Participants will acquire the understanding, vocabulary, practical skills and materials to teach contemporary poetry in a beginning or intermediate classroom.
The Five Powers of Poetry
- Learn how to talk about poems with expertise and precision.
- Acquire analytical skills for conducting deep and wide-ranging discussions of poems.
- Expand your repertoire of poems and poets.
- Teach the writing and reading of poetry with confidence.
- Transfer these skills to novels, stories, plays or to the teaching of prose-writing.
Through lecture, discussion and practice, participants — whether experienced writer-teachers of poetry, or novices — will learn to elicit and develop specific poetry-writing and reading skills, their own and those of their students. Poems studied will come from a broad palate: from Akhmatova to Keats, O’Hara to Howe, Kleinzahler to Mullen.
“This is an amazing and wonderful opportunity for teachers of any subject, really, to learn from a master. Tony Hoagland has the rare gift of making poetry clearer and deeper at the same time. As a thirty-year veteran of Poets-in-the-Schools, I constantly met teachers who were hungry for exactly this kind of thing. Here it is!”
— Rosalind Pace, Truro, Massachusetts
Tony Hoagland has published four collections of poems, of which the latest are Unincorporated Persons In The Late Honda Dynasty, and What Narcissism Means to Me. His recognitions include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Award for teaching, the James Laughlin Award, the Brittingham Prize, and the Mark Twain Award for humor in American Poetry, as well as fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. His essays about poetry appear widely. In 2008 Graywolf Press published a book of craft essays, titled Real Sofistakashun. He teaches in the writing program at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.