Interviews with Poets



A Conversation with Former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

“When I came to school, if I hadn’t found writing, if the teacher hadn’t acknowledged me, if I hadn’t found my voice, I wouldn’t be here.”

This Giant Classroom That Is America

Celebrating Marilyn Singer

“I always tell aspiring poets to read, read, read, and write, write, write. I also tell them to observe the world around them, using all of their senses, and to do so with wonder and humor.”

A Poet of Many Interests

An Interview with Former US Poet Laureate Charles Wright

“Poetry’s hard work, it really is. You don’t just lay down a couple of feelings and let it rest at that. A lot of people do, but that doesn’t make it very strong.”

“Ground Zero” for Poetry

NCTE Verse

#NationalPoetryMonth kicks off on April 1, and you’re invited to join NCTE members from across the country in NCTE Verse, a member-exclusive FREE professional learning opportunity aimed at providing ideas and inspiration around poets and poetry!

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Poetry Themed Journals

Poetry Books


In 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.

Listen to a podcast interview with the author.

Read the sample chapter to learn more about poetry as a pathway into academic writing.

Learn more with these ReadWriteThink poetry lesson plans from the author.



In Getting the Knack, authors Stephen Dunning and William Stafford offer 20 exercises covering different types or phases of poetry writing. The authors’ humor and nonacademic style will appeal to experienced and novice poets of all ages.

Read the chapter “Found & Headline Poems.”

William Stafford’s son Kim Stafford shares memories of his father’s life and work and talks about his own journey to becoming a poet and educator in the Council Chronicle article “His Poetry Was a Way of Teaching.”

2018 NCTE Notable Poetry Books

Here are 27 outstanding poetry books to offer children and teens—not just this month, but throughout the year and across the curriculum. Use these books, and create connections with books from previous Notable Lists (2017, 201620152014201320122011) to create even more poetry joy!

2018 List