- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann (September 25, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867095083
- ISBN-13: 978-0867095081
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brave New Voices: The YOUTH SPEAKS Guide to Teaching Spoken Word Poetry
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Scott Herndon is completing his Ph.D. in English at NYU and has been a mentor at YOUTH SPEAKS for three years. A nonprofit literary arts, education, and cultural resource center for teenagers in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, YOUTH SPEAKS offers free and ongoing public performance and publication opportunities, after-school workshops, in-school presentations, and mentoring programs.
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The guidance for teaching the 5 week workshop is excellent. The exercises and process have proved most successful in my class. This is THE perfect book for anyone who wants to thoroughly expose their studnets to spoken word; get ready too to grow as an educator and human being.
Too many writing programs take a hierarchical approach, attempting to define poetry as if in a vacuum, with no regard for individual experience and taste. This guide flips that tired, off-putting approach and instead, starts with the students' own work, introducing and clarifying poetic devices they already use, slowly slipping in the work of others. The exercises are many and varied, their recognition of and focus on performance is impressive and the inclusion of several poems and anecdotes by students of the program is crucial.
If you teach poetry, or even if you just write it yourself, this book should be on your bookshelf.