Empowering New Writers: Strategies for Teaching the Hesitant Poetry Student

119AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Poetry can be intimidating for readers and writers who are unfamiliar with the genre and enter the classroom with assumptions about what they’ll encounter. Discomfort can prevent exploration and learning, holding students in a space where they are self-effacing or resistant. This panel gathers teachers with academic and community experience to discuss strategies and successes in introducing poetry to new readers and writers, with a focus on engaging and empowering students in their learning.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP3_Event_Outline-Strategies_for_Teaching_the_Hesitant_Poetry_Student.pdf



Jenny Irish is the author of the hybrid poetry collection Common Ancestor and the short story collection I Am Faithful. She teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Isaac Pickell is a passing poet and PhD student in Detroit, where he teaches and studies the borderlands of black literature. His poetry can be found in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Fence, Sixth Finch, and in his 2021 chapbook everything saved will be last. He received his MFA from Miami University.

Amorak Huey is author of four books of poetry, most recently Dad Jokes from Late in the Patriarchy. He teaches at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Mag Gabbert holds a PhD from Texas Tech and an MFA from UC Riverside. She has received a 92Y Discovery Award as well as fellowships from Idyllwild Arts and Poetry at Round Top. Her chapbook is titled Minml Poems. Mag teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and for Writing Workshops Dallas.


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