University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Tips for Writing Poetry with Children and Teens

Three authors of books about writing poetry will offer tips of ways to engage children and teens in enjoyable and meaningful engagements with poetry.

Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of two books for children, "Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings" and "The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon." Several more titles are forthcoming, including "Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring," "Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent" and "The Bear and The Moon....

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is an author of children's books, including "Forest Has a Song," "Every Day Birds," "Read! Read! Read!," "With My Hands," "Dreaming of You" and "Write! Write! Write!" as well as the professional book, "Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres....

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Patrice Vecchione

Patrice Vecchione is an author, poet and artist. Vecchione’s titles include "My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice," "The Knot Untied," "Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within," "Territory of Wind" and several anthologies for adults and young people....

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