About

Core Values of #TeachLivingPoets

  1. We seek to get poetry into the hands of students.
  2. We seek to complicate the canon, to open the door wider of which poems are taught in the classroom.
  3. We seek to provide students with poetry that reflects their identities, backgrounds, and present circumstances.
  4. We seek to facilitate students’ discovery of new ideas and people who are different than them.
  5. We seek to center the voices of BIPOC poets, LBGTQ+ poets, and poets with disabilities.
  6. We seek to celebrate the arts in schools, especially poetry.
  7. We seek to empower students’ voices through reading and writing poetry.

Student Testimonial: The Power of #TeachLivingPoets

We are available for professional development. Please email msmith@lncharter.org for more info. 

About Founder Melissa Alter Smith

Melissa Alter Smith is the creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag and teachlivingpoets.com. She is a National Board Certified high school English teacher in Charlotte, NC. Melissa is co-author of Teach Living Poets (NCTE, 2021) and the Norton Guide to AP Literature: Writing & Skills (W.W. Norton, 2022). She is 2017 District Teacher of the Year, an AP Reader, & an NCETA Executive Board member. She has presented at NCTIES, WVELA, NCETA, NCTE-WLU Summer Institute, NCTE, AWP, the AP Annual Conference, and facilitates professional development sessions. 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, and is a member of an advisory board to the Library of Congress’ Poet Laureate Project educational toolkit. She is featured on LitHub.com, in The New York Times, NEATE News, NCTE’s Council Chronicle, ASCD’s Education Update, Prestwick House, The Poetry Question, and 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.

clint4

clint Ss

COVER

IMG_6022

ad new (1)

IMG_1673 (1)

IMG_0867 (1)

IMG_9298

MELISSA SMITH

IMG_9522

IMG_8985

IMG_9637

library1

IMG_8151

IMG_9462

uncc1

IMG_3336 (1)

IMG_7664

liz

img_8869-1.jpg

IMG_5497 (1)

IMG_1665 (1)

IMG_1949 (1)IMG_1952 (1)IMG_1953 (1)IMG_1954 (1)