Solid Ground

Solid Ground

by Judith Tannenbaum
     
 

Poetry. Cultural Studies. This volume gathers 150 poems written by WritersCorps youth over the past 12 years. These young writers have much to say about their individual experience and about the world we share. They describe the stresses that impact their lives and the tension that results. They express, as well, the strength and compassion born from their efforts

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Poetry. Cultural Studies. This volume gathers 150 poems written by WritersCorps youth over the past 12 years. These young writers have much to say about their individual experience and about the world we share. They describe the stresses that impact their lives and the tension that results. They express, as well, the strength and compassion born from their efforts to stay steady as the ground beneath them shakes. Writers Corps teachers have met with thousands of youth in public schools, detention centers, halfway houses, after-school programs, and many other community settings. To better the conditions our children face, we must first listen to what they have to say--to themselves, to each other, and to parents, teachers, police, and presidents. This volume provides just such an opportunity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879960718
Publisher:
Aunt Lute Books
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Judith Tannenbaum is a writer and teacher who cares very deeply about a vision and practice of art-making that includes all of us. She has received two California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence grants. The first of these allowed her to teach poetry at San Quentin for three years; the second was for a three- year poetry project at the continuation high school in Albany, California, and at one of the town's primary schools. Each of these grant cycles lead to a book, Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin, is a memoir and Teeth, Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades is a book for teachers. Both books were published in the year 2000. She currently serves as training coordinator for San Francisco's WritersCorps program. Judith edited two books for WritersCorps: Jump Write In!, Creative Writing Exercises for Diverse Communities, Grades 6-12 (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Solid Ground (Aunt Lute Books, 2006). Judith has a strong commitment to prisoners and prison issues. She wrote and edited California's Arts-in-Corrections' newsletter, their book-length Manual For Artists Working In Prison (available free at her website), and the Handbook for Arts in the Youth Authority Program. She has also completed a feasibility study for arts programming in Minnesota state prisons, taught in prisons across the country, and been a featured speaker at numerous prison arts conferences nationally. Judith writes a great deal about the field of teaching art; many of her essays appear in Teaching Artist Journal. She has published five collections of poems, has recently completed a novel (Day's Light Beginning to Deepen) and has just started another (Life Without). She also has published five small poetry collections.

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