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Presented By: Sweetland Center for Writing

Writer to Writer with Public School Poetry

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Writer to Writer offers rare glimpse into the writing that professors do outside the classroom and how they handle the same challenges student writers face. Hosted by Shelley Manis from U-M LSA’s Sweetland Center for Writing.

This December, we welcome Public School Poetry with Ellen Stone, Scott Beal, David Ward, and Julie Babcock!

Public School Poetry was created by a group of poets educated through the public school system. We hope this online journal embodies the strangeness of public school and our colliding desires to learn, break rules, see what others are doing, and create new and better spaces. Despite the name, we are not a student-specific publication; our contributors come from all backgrounds and life stages.

This journal is a leap of faith and an ongoing experiment. Each contributor writes “a five-paragraph essay” on another contributor’s poems that we randomly and anonymously assign. Poems and essays appear together in each issue.

Ellen Stone comes from a family of public-school teachers in Pennsylvania and spent her career teaching public school before retiring after 20+ years at Community High School in Ann Arbor.

Scott Beal is a product of public schools in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan, and currently directs the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts program at the University of Michigan.

David Ward has been a public school student at Sedona Red Rock High School, Arizona State University, and the University of Michigan, where he now teaches writing.

Julie Babcock is a poet and a fiction writer who sprang from public school systems in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and now teaches at University of Michigan.
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