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eld each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors. Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.
“Poets talk about how poems work. Students and teachers can do that, too. That’s why we bring poets and teachers together at The Frost Place – so the teachers can hear how poets look at poems.”
Baron Wormser, poet and founding conference director
Teresa Carson is the associate publisher at CavanKerry Press and the assistant director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. She has published three collections of poems: Elegy for the Floater (CavanKerry Press, 2008); My Crooked House, which was a finalist in the Paterson Poetry Prize, in 2014; and The Congress of Human Oddities (Deerbrook Editions, 2015).
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Vermont Book Award. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches at Montpelier High School and lives in Plainfield, Vermont.
Read Passerines by Kerrin McCadden
Rich Villar is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator originally from Paterson, New Jersey. His first collection of poems, Comprehending Forever (Willow Books), was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Award. A multiple-year Pushcart Prize nominee for both poetry and prose, he is an alumnus of the VONA/Voices Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Rich has led workshops and independent studies with wide varieties of students, and he currently serves as writing faculty for La Sopa, a community-based program in New York City for writing and performance.
Dawn Potter is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir, forthcoming in spring 2016. New poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, Salamander, and many other journals in the United States and abroad.
Dawn works widely as a visiting writer, leading classes for K-12 students, teacher development programs, and undergraduate and graduate students. Upcoming sessions in 2016 include workshops at Pine Manor College’s Solstice MFA program, Smith College, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the White Mountain School.
In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, Dawn sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill. For more about Dawn and her work, visit her blog.
he Frost Place Writing Intensive is a day-and-a-half reading and writing workshop that directly follows the Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Led by renowned poet-teacher Afaa Micheal Weaver, it gives teachers the opportunity to focus entirely on their own creative growth. This creative extension allows attendees of the Conference to write and workshop their writing, and concludes with a featured reading by Afaa Micheal Weaver at the Henry Holt Barn at The Frost Place.
The Writing Intensive is an intimate experience. The maximum number of participants is 10. Applicants must be a participant of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching or a former participant with strong entry preference given to current Conference on Poetry and Teaching participants. No discounts will apply. No scholarships will be given.
The Writing Intensive begins after the last lunch of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching Wednesday, June 29. There will be a short break between programs. The Writing Intensive ends mid-day on the following day.
Afaa M. Weaver (formerly Michael S. Weaver) is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, He received the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award for The Government of Nature (U Pitt 2013), the second book in his Plum Flower Trilogy, which began with The Plum Flower Dance (U Pitt 2007) and concludes with City of Eternal Spring (U Pitt 2014), which received the 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Award. His other poetry awards include four Pushcart prizes, inclusion in Best American Poetry (2014, 2015), The May Sarton Award (2008), the Gold Friendship Medal (2005) from the Beijing Writers’ Association, an appointment as a Fulbright scholar (2002) to teach at National Taiwan University, and a Pew (1998) fellowship. As a playwright, he won the PDI award in playwriting from the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago for his play Elvira and the Lost Prince. Afaa did his graduate work in the writing program at Brown. He teaches at Simmons College and in Drew University’s MFA program in poetry and translation. Afaa has also taught at Bread Loaf. His works have been translated into Arabic in Like the Wind (2010) by Wissal Al-Allaq and into Chinese in periodicals in China and Taiwan. Afaa is a certified teacher of Tai Chi Chuan.