Category Archives: teacher

Much of my work since I graduated from college in 2012 has been as a teacher. I have worked since 2013 as a poet-teacher through California Poets in the Schools. I have worked since 2016 as a writing tutor both freelance and through Signet Education. And I have taught classes or given lectures at Mendocino College, Wesleyan University, Antioch University, and UCLA.

In  2019 I completed an 81-page guide to teaching poetry in grade- and high-school classrooms. (It is currently unpublished—email me with inquiries or to receive a copy.)

I love teaching. At its best, it is a magical encounter that transforms both student and teacher. For this reason I also love reading, thinking, and writing about pedagogy. The greatest lesson my students have given me is how much I have left to learn.

Lecture: Creative Reading

On February 23, 2017, I gave a talk at Wesleyan University, sponsored by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and the English department. Titled “Creative Reading,” the lecture is an exploration of the deeper implications of a liberal arts education and the place of imagination in academic inquiry. I discuss techniques of creative visualization that I use with poetry students, in my own reading, and as a citizen.

A student kindly made the following recording. (I reserve the copyright.) The recording begins slightly abruptly and is not of the very highest quality, but you might find it interesting nonetheless. Approx. 90 mins.



(Thank you Rebecca Sussman for the recording!)


Mr. Buff

This is the end of the line. All that’s left is Mr. Buff. And he’s in the middle of a mud bath.