NCTE Poetry Verse 2022 Entries - National Council of Teachers of English

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#NationalPoetryMonth kicked off on April 1, and NCTE celebrated! Whether you teach poetry as a unit or interweave it into your lessons throughout the year, we know that poetry is powerful and speaks to both students and educators alike. NCTE members from across the country joined in NCTE Verse, a member-exclusive FREE professional learning opportunity aimed at providing ideas and inspiration around poets and poetry!

We know that our members are teaching with poems from many incredible authors that NCTE has yet to write about. So this year we featured the poets our members are teaching right now and our members are the ones who have curated the resources!

Each weekday beginning Friday, April 1, members who signed up for NCTE Verse received a daily email that:

  • Focused on a different poet each day as identified by NCTE members
  • Provided resources related to that poet
  • Responded to the prompt, “This poet belongs in our classrooms because…”

For 2022, we also had a great opportunity for NCTE members to receive free books! Check out the winners here.

Pat Mora

Poet Pat Mora

Ilya Kaminsky

Poet Ilya Kaminsky

Monica Ong

Poet Monica Ong

Clint Smith

Poem “what the cicada said to the black boy” by Clint Smith

Joy Harjo

Poem "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo

Robert Hayden

Poem "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden

Taras Shevchenko

Poet Taras Shevchenko

Janet Wong

Poem by Janet Wong

Lupe Mendez

Poet Lupe Mendez

Lucille Clifton

Poet Lucille Clifton

Jack Ridl

Poet Jack Ridl

Shane Koyczan

Poet Shane Koyczan

Dante DiStefano

Poem “Prompts (for High School Teachers Who Write Poetry)” by Dante Di Stefano

Kelly Norman Ellis

Poem “Raised By Women” by Kelly Norman Ellis

Megan E. Freeman

Poet Megan E. Freeman

Alice Pearl Daiguma Eather

Poet Alice Pearl Daiguma Eather

Maggie Smith

Poet Maggie Smith

Frank O'Hara

Poem "Steps" by Frank O'Hara

David Bowles

Poet David Bowles

Andrea Gibsom

Poem “Your Life” by Andrea Gibson

Poem in Your Pocket

Poem in Your Pocket Day

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