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PhotoPoetry: Reading Images / Writing Poems

PhotoPoetry: Reading Images / Writing Poems
What can you learn from looking deeper into a photo of a Civil Rights demonstration or a protestor in Egypt? What is the story that whispers from today's newspaper photos? How can poetry help inform our experience of visual history? These are some of the questions to explore in this 5-day residency. Using famous images from Time magazine or contemporary photos of cultures beyond our own, students will learn the art of reading visuals to create powerful, original poems full of strong word choices and metaphorical language. Beginning with word lists and brainstorming and then developing observation techniques, students will see the world with keen eyes and learn to tell the story of a picture with poetic skill. Warning: some imaginations may catch fire.

Artist Background

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author, historian and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He has taught in the classroom since 1999 and performed poetry professionally since 1998. His focus in teaching is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves and become more confident with writing so they can continue to be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. Michael’s background includes five years as a high school English teacher and 15 as a journalist. He has authored three poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on Haywood County (NC) history. In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He also manages student contests for the NC Poetry Society.

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