Core Values of #TeachLivingPoets
- We seek to get poetry into the hands of students.
- We seek to complicate the canon, to open the door wider of which poems are taught in the classroom.
- We seek to provide students with poetry that reflects their identities, backgrounds, and present circumstances.
- We seek to expose students to new ideas and to people who are different than them.
- We seek to uplift the voices of BIPOC poets, LBGTQ+ poets, and poets with disabilities.
- We seek to celebrate the arts in schools, especially poetry.
- We seek to empower students’ voices through reading and writing poetry.
Founder Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith teaches AP Literature, 11th grade American Literature, and Creative Writing in Charlotte, NC. She is 2017 District Teacher of the Year, an AP Reader, an NCETA Executive Board member, and a National Board Certified Teacher. She has presented at NCTIES, WVELA, NCETA, WLU Summer Institute, NCTE, and the AP Annual Conference, and is co-author of a book on teaching poetry, published by NCTE, forthcoming in 2020. Melissa is also a co-author of the Instructor’s Manual and AP Correlation Guide for the 13th high school edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature. She is a contributing author for aplithelp.com., the NCTE Verse project; she is the creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag, and the manager and editor of teachlivingpoets.com. She was the Keynote speaker at the NCETA 2019 spring symposium, featured in the Spring 2019 issue of NEATE News, and was a 2018 National Poetry Month guest on Education Talk Radio. Her work is focused on complicating the canon, supporting teachers, and empowering students through poetry. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MelAlterSmith.