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Conference on Poetry and Teaching

2020 Conference on Poetry and Teaching

June 27–July 1

News! The 2020 Conference on Poetry and Teaching will be held entirely online! It will continue to feature our trademark style of intense, collegial engagement. From the safety of your own home, you’ll participate in professional development sessions, teacher presentations, poetry readings, writing activities, and inspiring conversations. Join us!

Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching (CPT) 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 curriculum 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.

For teachers, poetry is a door into the heart of the matter–whether that matter be intellectual or emotional, civic or ecological. Because poetry taps into both wildness and civility, it is a way to guide students into the complexities of human interactions, a way to model honest, deep, and respectful conversation.

Dawn Potter, Director of The Conference on Poetry and Teaching
DetailsFaculty and Fellows
Writing Intensive

June 27
July 1, 2020