I've been writing poetry for many years and have taught poetry in middle school, high school and college classrooms. Also taught poetry to adults in workshops at libraries, community centers, churches, schools and prisons. Experienced with home schooling. I was the at-home parent when we home schooled our son, Jack, who recently graduated with highest honors from Marlboro College in Vermont with a focus on cultural history and politics.
Hands on. I believe an experiential teaching style is most appropriate for poetry. A bit of focused information is presented and then students need to try to write. This means that when I lead a group, theoretically-framed writing activities are at the core of the experience. I also believe in students sharing and discussing their writing within a cooperative, positive atmosphere. If a course is focused on poetics rather than writing, I believe in emphasizing discussion rather than focusing on lectures by the teacher.
Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for poetry and have been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize. Chapbook, What Men Talk About, was awarded the first Red Wheel Barrow prize from Pudding House Publications. Profiled in Contemporary Authors Vol. 212 (now online). My poetry has been featured on NPR and at major festivals such as the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.
University of Maryland, College Park., B.S. & M.A. Ohio University, Athens, OH, Ph.D. Workshops with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg were important to my poetic development. I completed training and have received certification as a poetry therapist.
Co-founder and host of poetrypoetry.com, a website dedicated to presenting audio recordings of poems read by the poets who wrote them. Poetrypoetry featured poets who read their work, some of whom are interviewed by me, include such luminaries as Robert Bly, past poet-laureate Ted Kooser, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, James Laughlin, founder of New Directions publishing, and many others. Ideas for writing activities are also available at poetrypoetry. Author of four books of poetry and numerous chapbooks. Most recent book is an edited collection of poems by American poets who are deeply influenced by classical Chinese poetry, "In The Spirit of T'ao Ch'ien." The previous book was entitled "All Over America" and is based on 60,000 miles of road trip experiences around the U.S. and Canada. Currently Book Review Editor for the Journal of Poetry Therapy. I'm posting on Teachers Paying Teachers because I enjoy sharing my expertise and experience in hopes of inspiring greater understanding and appreciation of poetry among students and teachers. Recent books are available from FootHillsPublishing.com.