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Rhythm and Resistance: A Conversation About Teaching and Writing Poetry

April 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm CDT



Join award-winning author, Renée Watson, and Rethinking Schools editor, Linda Christensen, for a conversation about teaching and writing poetry. They will discuss creating generative spaces for students to take risks as writers, finding poetry models that move students into writing, as well as tough questions about revising and grading poetry. Dyan Watson, Rethinking Schools editor, will introduce the evening.

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist, and Rethinking Schools contributor. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her poetry and fiction often center around the experiences of Black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renée served as Founder and Executive Director of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts, from 2016-2019. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

Linda Christensen taught high school language arts for 30 years. She currently works as the director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College. She is the author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice; co-editor of Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, The New Teacher Book (3rd edition), and Rethinking Elementary Education.

Dyan Watson, Rethinking Schools editor and Director for Inclusion at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. Some of her works include Teaching for Black Lives, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, and Rethinking Elementary Education.

This event is hosted by Rethinking Schools. Participants will need access to Zoom. The event is 75 minutes. ASL Interpretation is available.

Tuesday, April 6 at 4pm PT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET.

REGISTER for the Zoom link and a 25% Rethinking Schools book and magazine discount code.

This event is free to attend. To make events like this available to more teachers, we would greatly appreciate your solidarity donation.


April 6, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm CDT