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Be a Poetry Inside Out Teaching Artist

Posted on July 15, 2013, 02:14:00 PM by Scott Esposito

When third through eighth graders translate great poems from twenty languages (including Magyar, Ohlone and Tigrinya as well as the Spanish and Chinese many speak at home), you know something unique is happening in education.

Poetry Inside Out, the Center’s in-school literary translation program, completed a very successful 2012-13 school year, bringing its high-expectations curriculum to nearly a thousand young people in 38 classrooms in eleven schools in the Bay Area and beyond. In addition, a total of 13 PIO students were finalists for their own original poems in this year’s national River of Words contest, and PIO’s Artistic Director John Oliver Simon was named ROW’s Teacher of the Year. Here’s one of the winning River of Words poems:

Un poema no es una mano
sino lo que toca

No es un mapa
sino el mundo

A poem is not a hand
but what it touches

It is not a map
but the world

Viridiana, 4th grade, Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland

Looking towards the 2013-2014 school year, we are hoping to recruit a number of Teaching Artists to work in the program. To find out more about the position and how to apply click here.