Field Notes: A Partnership Celebrating Lives of Poets - National Council of Teachers of English
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Field Notes: A blog post by NCTE's Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick

Field Notes: A Partnership Celebrating Lives of Poets

The month of January has moved so quickly. We are delighted to confirm increased interest in the 2020 Convention and thank so many educators who have participated in the proposal process! We are making exciting plans for the year, and you can expect much more good news, all in support of literacy and language teachers. We are constantly listening and challenging ourselves to do more of what you and your students want and need.

We heard loud and clear your interest in poetry. During the last two years, our NCTE Verse program participation has steadily grown. We will continue this while expanding into a new venture.

Today, we can share an exciting opportunity that extends our growing reach in partnership with the Library of Congress. The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress has produced a wonderful program for many years known as “The Life of a Poet.” We have together found a way to bring the rich and intimate experience of engaging with a national poet to teachers nationwide on a quarterly basis.

We cordially invite you—and all of your teaching colleagues—to join us on Wednesday, March 11, at 4:00 p.m. ET, when award-winning poet Willie Perdomo will join us for a live discussion. Perdomo is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Crazy Bunch, which was named one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2019. He also teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy.

This conversation with Willie Perdomo will focus on his life as a poet. Perdomo will explore his own approach to writing as well as share and discuss two of his poems, with ample time for Q&A.

NCTE and the Poetry and Literature Center welcome your participation in what will be a thought-provoking conversation. Advanced registration is required and can be accessed here.