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Jeff Kass teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor MI and is the founder and director of the nationally renowned Literary Arts Programs at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center The Neutral Zone. He was named 1995-1996 New Teacher of the Year for Northern California Secondary Schools by the California Placement Association and has also been awarded the ACLU’s Michigan Teacher of the Year Award for his work providing safe spaces for young people to express themselves without censorship. In addition, April 28, 2009, was proclaimed Jeff Kass Day for his work in teaching and organizing Literary Arts Programs for young people, the same day Kass debuted his one-man performance poetry show about teaching, Wrestle the Great Fear. Kass earned his MFA in Creative Writing through the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine and Invisible Staircase, Jeff’s poetry chapbook collection won first place in Winged City’s Chapbook contest in 2010. His chapbook of essays, From the Front of the Room, won the 2010 Teacher’s Voice Chapbook contest and his debut short story collection Knuckleheads was a short-list finalist for Foreword Reviews Best Short Fiction Collection of 2011 and was selected by Independent Publishers as the Gold Medal Winner as the Best Short Fiction Collection of 2011. Jeff is also the co-author of the Creative Writing teaching manual, Underneath: The Archaeological Approach to Teaching Creative Writing.
Read Jeff’s poem “Sometimes everything you want“