Poetry, creativity & literacy in schools

Creative writing for arts-enriched schools and communities

I read and perform poetry in small-town schools, on the radio, in coffee houses and indy book stores. I’ve read poems in bank lobbies, beauty parlors, at the tops of ski slopes, in two of Robert Frost’s barns and in Emily Dickinson’s backyard.

I teach poetry, creative writing, and image making, ideally through author visits, writers’ workshops, masters’ classes and craft lectures.  I’m grant-eligible through the Vermont and NH Arts Councils and The Children’s Literacy Foundation so I’m often grant-funded for school and community residencies (short- and long-term).

I host poetry readings and young authors’ nights in schools. I present literacy programs for parents and teach professional development for teachers. I enjoy interdisciplinary curriculum across the arts and humanities with practicing writers, artists and scholars. I welcome collaborations with teachers, artists, musicians and journalists. Together we’ve created arts-enhanced curricula that’s fun, challenging, inclusive and multifaceted.

I believe in a playful experiential approach to teaching creative writing. I explore with learners the fine and literary arts using literature, sound, radio, photography and performance. We write, share, play and collaborate in order to create with each other the intertwined worlds of poetry, art and the humanities.

I work both independently and through the Vermont Arts Council and the NH State Council on the Arts  Arts in Education rosters. I’ve worked with Poetry Out Loud in NH and VT.

I serve as an ambassador for children’s literacy in small, rural, under-served towns in Vermont and New Hampshire through the Children’s Literacy Foundation as well.

For concrete Arts in Education information regarding availability and remuneration visit my profile at NEFA’s CreativeGround.