Archive for the 'Poets-in-the-Schools' Category

More Quiet Than You Can Imagine

As I mentioned in my last post, in the mid to late-1970s I was a bit of an itinerant creative writing teacher. I worked for the Virginia Poets-in-the-Schools program and traveled from school district to school district, teaching creative writing to elementary, middle, and high school students. I also held teaching and writing residencies during […]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Art of Verbal Dueling

Writing about African dilemma tales in my last post reminded me of another form of African oral literature that I’m a fan of: verbal dueling. It’s an improvised performance, whereby two opponents try to best each other by their wit and quick thinking. It’s a practice that continues in African-American culture, known as the dozens, […]

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015