Poetry Residency

Poetry Residency

Can you smell your grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies baking? Dive into a cool, blue swimming pool on a steamy August day? Mimi Herman leads your students to writing and makes them think. Everyone’s a poet in this accessible, hands-on and delightful poetry residency. As your students swim through memory and imagination, they learn to express themselves clearly through imagery, metaphor and simile, and to write not only for assignments, but also for themselves. They also discover the joys (yes, joys!) of revision, and gain the skills they need to write and edit everything from poetry to the next book report. One- to three-day poetry workshops for teachers and students are also available.

Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.


Artist Background

Mimi Herman transforms lives. She is a Kennedy Center teaching artist, writer and editor, and director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute. Since 1990, Mimi has engaged over 25,000 students with writing residencies, as well as providing professional development for teachers, administrators, and teaching artists. Mimi is a member of the AWP Board of Directors and co-director of Writeaways writing workshops in Italy, France and New Mexico. In 2017 she was named the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, and in 2020 she received the United Arts Council Business Support of the Arts Award.


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