Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 10, 2008

Taylor Mali

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mandy @ 9:45 am

Taylor Mali was here Tuesday night and gave a wonderful performance. For those who forgot, he is a slam poet and he has won tons of contests. Most impressively, he is a four time winner of the National Slam Poet Contest, a huge honor and achievement that speaks to his talent using the spoken word. I thought it was very interesting that his goal is to be the first spoken word Poet Laureate, and I sincerely hopes this honor is bestowed on him someday. He was absolutely awesome. He recited some hilarious poems, but also some somber ones as well. Many dealt with his experiences in the classroom and the moments that have stayed with him through the years, and I could feel the comradery in the room between him and all the teachers. If you didn’t get the chance to attend the performance, you HAVE TO look him up on YouTube. He has two poems in particular that I loved:

-What teachers make (can you guess what this pertains to!?)

-The Impotence of Proofreading– without a doubt my favorite….





  1. Check out his website. Hey Techie Girl!! Why not add those links to the YouTube performances you reference!! KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 10, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  2. Taylor Mali’s performance was not just entertaining, but empowering. I wish everyone could have attended it, because so many of his poems are addressed to teachers, English teachers in particular. Hilarious, and so true, is THE IMPOTENCE OF PROOFREADING (must watch it on YouTube!). How often do you SpellCheck a Word Document and assume that you’ve got the mechanics (i.e. spelling, grammar, punctuation) correct because SpellCheck says it right? I certainly have! Mali stresses the fallacy in editing through SpellCheck and how it can create embarrassing, yet very funny, mistakes.

    Comment by jexter1 — April 11, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  3. I was also able to attend Taylor Mali’s performance. For me, “Like Lilly Like Wilson” was particularly moving. It’s funny, yes, but for me, it speaks to the reason I love teaching. The beauty of witnessing learning.

    Comment by sostrom — April 11, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

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