Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 11, 2008

More About My Poetry Seminar

Filed under: Seminar! — erinlbowman @ 3:14 pm

After diving into my topic, I have some more information to get you pumped up for my seminar.

For the seminar, I will have three focus topics:

1- Poetry written by teens- This will showcase a variety of teen poems and collections of poems that teens have written. The collections that I have gotten my hands on reafirm what we talked about with Chris Crutcher last week; teens are having the experiences written in his and other censored books whether we like it or not. I will share some powerful works written by teens, and we can discuss how poetry written by teens both  gives us a telescope into their lives and is much more “real” than poetry written “for” teens.

Though this is what I wanted my whole seminar to be on, there is not a whole bunch of collections of poetry by teens that I could find so…

2- Poetry written for a high school audience- Using collections by various authors I will talk about how certain poems and topics catch the attention of a YA audience . I will also discuss “out loud” poetry and how to get teens to preform their poems.

3- Middle School Poetry- Author Sara Holbrook has composed many collections of poetry that is aimed at the middle school audience with great reviews from kids. I hope to share some of her work with you (if I can get my hands on it).

Hopefully this helps!




  1. I’m dismayed to see no one has signed up for your seminar Erin. It sounds wonderful to me. How are you distributing folders? Have you been able to find the critical material for those folders that you need? If I can help, be in touch. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — March 13, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  2. Erin,
    Your seminar sound interesting. Poetry is one of those things that I tend to avoid, so I think I could really benefit from the information your are presenting. I would love to attend your seminar. Sign me up!

    Comment by katefrazer — March 13, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  3. Erin,

    I definitely want to be signed up! I mentioned it in your earlier blog post about your seminar, but I think that one got lost in the shuffle. Add me to the list.


    Comment by joycehansen — March 15, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  4. Erin,
    I’m in! I was a huge fan of poetry as a teenager and still am!


    Comment by allison — March 16, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  5. I should be able to swing by right at 4

    Comment by allison — March 17, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  6. Erin: Have room for one more?! I want to join!!

    Comment by mandygrl101 — March 17, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

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