S276. Poems for the Next Generation: Bringing Poetry to Teenagers and Young Adults

Room 405, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The poetry that young people learn in school is often outdated, poorly explained, and lacking diversity. This panel explores how contemporary poetry can reach young people in high schools and colleges through teaching, publications, and contests. Poetry is a vibrant, living art and deserves to be taught to young people in a way that speaks to them where they are, and through poets who are writing the 21st century as we live in it.



Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America, the poetry editor of A Public Space, and the author of A Hotel in Belgium. He has coedited several anthologies, including Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation.

E. Kristin Anderson has been published widely in magazines. She’s the author of seven chapbooks, including A Guide for the Practical Abductee; Pray, Pray, Pray; and 17 Days. She edits at NonBinary Review and Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked nights at The New Yorker.

Kerri Webster is the author of two books: Grand and Arsenal, winner of the Iowa Prize, and We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone. She teaches at Boise State University and works as a Writer in the Schools for the Cabin, a literary arts organization.

Lynn Melnick is author of If I Should Say I Have Hope, a book of poems, and coeditor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. She teaches at 92Y and is the social media and outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Sheila McMullin, poet and feminist, works as an afterschool creative writing and college prep instructor, for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, ROAR magazine, and she manages the online site MoonSpit Poetry. She volunteers at her local animal rescue. She holds her MFA from George Mason University.


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