High School Poet-In-Residence
Since 1993 the Poetry Center has sponsored a High School Poet-In-Residence Program, which places Graduate Assistant Teachers from the University of Arizona’s distinguished Creative Writing Program in Tucson public high schools.  The poets-in-residence guest teach or co-teach creative writing classes for any teacher at the school.  Poets-in-residence also organize poetry programs, including contests, readings, slams, clubs and literary magazines.  They work with the teachers and staff at host schools to enhance literacy and appreciation for contemporary poetry.  This year our high school poet-in-residence, Cameron Conaway, will work at Desert View High School and Catalina High School.



Recent Past Poets-in-Residence:

Sara Michas-Martin (2002-2004) currently lives in San Francisco and is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford. Since graduating from the University of Arizona’s MFA program in 2004 she has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers' Conferences, a residency from the Hall Farm Center and a Wallace Stegner fellowship. Recent work appears, or is forthcoming, in Court Green, Gulf Coast, PN Review, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, and on Poetry Daily.

Theresa Sotto (2004-2005) lives, writes and plays in Santa Monica, California. Her poems have been published in POOL, No Tell Motel, Spinning Jenny, Coconut, Shampoo, Typo, Word For/Word and others. Two chapbooks of her poems are forthcoming in the Coconut Chapbook Series and AchioteSeeds, respectively. She currently works as an Education Specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum and an arts education consultant for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tory Foster (2005-2006) has been teaching composition, literature, and creative writing at The Art Center Design College in Tucson. This fall she entered the Master's Degree Program in Planning at the University of Arizona, and will be concentrating in Environmental & Healthy Cities Planning. She continues to teach at The Art Center and has just begun work as the Urban Interface Coordinator at a local non-profit organization, The Rincon Institute.

Taylor Johnson (2005-2007), who taught at Cholla and Desert View High Schools as Poet-In-Residence, is now a full time teacher at Desert View. She completed her Masters in Poetry at the University of Arizona in May 2007. She is also the proud mother of Margot Aurora, who just turned 3 years old in September.
Elementary School Residencies

The Poetry Center and the Creative Writing Program have teamed up to offer “At the Intersection of Writing and Teaching: Creative Writing in K-5 Classrooms,” led by Laynie Browne, Elementary Education Coordinator. In this year-long program, graduate students in Creative Writing and English develop skills as Artist Educators. In the fall semester, the graduate students complete coursework which will enable them to create integrative curriculum for K-5 students drawing on their own creative processes as readers and writers. In the spring semester they gain teaching experience in elementary schools and provide an invaluable service to the community. Emerging and seasoned artists alike have followed this path as Teaching-Artist in schools around the country. Pioneer programs such as Teachers and Writers Collaborative and Writers In the Schools (WITS) provide a model for our program, which cultivates the intersection between writing and teaching.

Click here to check out highlights from the program's first year.

For more information about the Poetry Center Elementary School Residencies, contact Laynie Browne at laynie@email.arizona.edu.

For more information on English 593 "At The Intersection of Creative Writing" click here.

For more information on peer Teaching Artist programs, please visit:
Teachers and Writers Collaborative at: http://www.twc.org
Writers in the Schools at: http://www.writersintheschools.org/
Community Word Project at: http://www.communitywordproject.org
Seattle Arts and Lectures at: www.lectures.org
Just Buffalo Literary Center at: www.justbuffalo.org