About Us

Mission

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) celebrates the imagination through transformative writing and arts education for youth and lifelong learners. Our programs and publications inspire classroom innovation and create greater equity in and through the literary arts.

T&W programs include: writing workshops for youth, art workshops for seniors, and training for teachers. In addition, T&W hosts the NY Poetry Out Loud recitation competition and the NY Youth Poet Laureate program for teens in New York State. To support the teaching of creative writing, we publish Teachers & Writers Magazine and an assortment of books for educators.

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Vision

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Vision, released October 2022, outlines a new mission, vision, and core values, and goals for the next two years. 

Read the 2023-2025 Strategic Vision

Vision

We strive toward a world in which artistic practice is valued and accessible to all, with the belief that words have the power to transform lives and communities.

  • We envision a world in which students’ whole selves have a place in school, where they are encouraged to experiment and explore language in their authentic voices.
  • We envision a world in which learning is a lifelong process and there are abundant art-making opportunities for older adults.
  • We envision classrooms that embrace creative play, free thought, free expression, and an eager willingness to engage with divergent ideas.
  • We envision a world where artists earn fair and sustainable compensation that supports creative work.
  • We envision a world in which arts education is vital; valued as a wellspring of creative thinking, problem solving, and growth; and where society thrives through artistic collaboration among communities, teachers, students, and artists.

Core Values

T&W’s programs are centered around our core values of creativity; process & practice; collaboration; and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Creativity:

We inspire imagination, foster critical thinking, and nurture the development of student voices.

Process & Practice:

We honor the creative process, guided by the practice of working artists, and provide the space and structure that leads students to produce great work.

Collaboration:

We work together with writers, partners, and students to develop innovative and responsive programs. We believe good things happen when ideas and resources are exchanged in a spirit of reciprocal learning.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility:

We pursue a culture in which all can flourish by centering marginalized voices, asking participants and facilitators to examine their place in the context of their communities.

A photo of the T&W staff from 1977
The 1977 staff of Teachers & Writers Collaborative

History

Teachers & Writers Collaborative was founded in 1967 by a group of writers and educators who believed that professional writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing and literature. Those responsible for shaping T&W’s program and philosophy in the organization’s early years included June Jordan, Rosellen Brown, Victor Hernández Cruz, Kenneth Koch, Herbert Kohl, Phillip Lopate, Grace Paley, Muriel Rukeyser, and Anne Sexton, among others.

Since its founding, T&W has published more than 80 books about teaching writing. T&W writers have brought writing residencies and professional development workshops to hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers in New York City schools. This depth of experience led the National Endowment for the Arts to call T&W the arts education group that is “most familiar with creative writing/literature in primary and secondary schools.”

Staff

Asari
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Alice-Pencavel
Joshua Garcia
Dalia Elhassan
Lani Fu

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Board of Directors

Patricia Hampl
Regents professor of English at the University of Minnesota; author of Blue Arabesque, I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, Virgin Time, and A Romantic Education; recipient of numerous awards, including MacArthur, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

Wandy Hoh
Managing Director, Macquarie Asset Management

Luis Jaramillo (Chair)
Author of the novel The Doctor’s Wife; director, School of Writing, The New School.

Steven Schrader 
Author of the short story collections Crimes of Passion, On Sundays We Visit the In-laws, and Arriving at Work, and the memoir What We Deserved; publisher of Cane Hill Press; former Teachers & Writers Collaborative director.

Nancy Larson Shapiro (Vice Chair)
Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative from 1979-2005; co-editor of The Point: Where Teaching & Writing Intersect.

Barbara Stallworth
PMP, Lead Program Manager, S&P Dow Jones Indices

David Wagner (Treasurer)
Banking Executive

Tiphanie Yanique 
Author of How to Escape a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories and the children’s picture book I Am the Virgin Islands; recipient of the 2011 BOCAS Fiction Prize for Caribbean Literature, the 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for fiction, and a 2008 Pushcart Prize; visiting associate professor of English, Wesleyan University.

 

Join our Board and make a difference!

Teachers & Writers Collaborative is currently seeking new members for the Board of Directors.  To learn more about this unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers, contact T&W Executive Director, Asari Beale.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative thanks the members of the T&W Advisory Board for their support of our work.

Abiodun Oyewole

Max Rodriguez

Mike Rose

Esther Rosenfeld

Jessica Siegel

Martin Skoble

Mark Statman

Peter Straub

Catherine Bowman

Rosellen Brown

Billy Collins

Christina Davis

Sasha Waters Freyer

Dixie Goswami

Colin Greer

Marvin Hoffman

Kaylie Jones

Marc Kaminsky

Simon Kilmurry

Karen Koch

Katherine Koch

Leonard Marcus

Bruce Morrow

Sidney Offit

Susan Straub

David Unger

Meredith Sue Willis

Linda Winston

Alexandra Tyler

Zelda Wirtschafter

Kevin Young

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