Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bibliography is Great Resource for Teaching Poetry to Young Writers


The deadline for the OPA Student Poetry Contests is just over a month away—January 15, 2016—and we hope our members and non-members will encourage their teenage children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and any high-school students in their lives to submit their poems to this free contest. But perhaps you’re unsure of how to get started.

Thanks to OPA members Sandy Feen and Rikki Santer, we can offer an annotated bibliography of some of their terrific books for inspiring the writing of poetry. If you know Sandy and Rikki, or have heard them read their work at any number of poetry venues and open-mics, then you know that they’re wonderful poets.

Both are also public high school teachers and creative writing instructors who are dedicated to the teaching of poetry in their own classrooms. And they’ve assembled the following annotated bibliography to aid others—such as teachers, parents, mentors—in working with young poets in creating their own poems.

We think you’ll find the bibliography to be an invaluable resource. Click here to download the bibliography [pdf].

For complete details on the student contests, click here. If you are interested in a poetry workshop geared for teachers of writing, please contact OPA for scheduling; email us at team@ohiopoetryassn.org.

Many thanks to Rikki and Sandy for taking the time to compile and share the bibliography.