Poetry Teaching Artist Training Project

The Poetry Teaching Artist Training Project provides in-depth professional development classes for novice and aspiring poetry teaching artists in Washington, DC. We will select 10-12 promising artists and through a series of speakers, classes, activities, assignments, fieldwork, and mentoring, will enhance their teaching, classroom management, and curriculum development skills and thereby their long-term employability.


With proper training and guidance from mentors, poets can find profitable work inspiring and teaching students across the District and the world. This project will consist of twice-monthly meetings, an induction and graduation ceremony, fieldwork training with mentors in schools, and two performances.


In addition to the wisdom and training imparted by guest lecturers and facilitators, participants will receive a travel stipend to cover transportation costs, as well as curricula and reading materials, and personal one-on-one mentoring and guidance. Upon graduation, participants will receive a certificate of completion to bolster their professional credentials.


To apply, please complete this short questionnaire.


Questions? Email project manager, Jonathan B. Tucker, at phenomejonathan@gmail.com.


This project is proudly funded by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.