T&W News

Familiarizing the Abstract: Making Sculptures with Blind and Visually-Impaired People

By Javeria Hasnain | June 17, 2024

  Little else feels as good as familiarity. So when poetry defamiliarizes the familiar before refamiliarizing it, the resultant effect is close to transcendence for me. I am thinking of Robert Hass’s “Longing, we say, because desire is full / of endless distances.” We already know what longing is, as a concept, so when Hass…

New York State of Poetry – Photos

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | April 26, 2024

Thank you to everyone who celebrated a New York State of Poetry (NYSP) with us and other organizations across the state! Inspired by NYS Poet Laureate (2021-23) Willie Perdomo and funded by the Academy of American Poets’ Poet Laureate Fellowship program, the goal of the NYSP project was to celebrate the diverse and powerful voices…

2024 Poetry Out Loud - Award Ceremony

Congratulations 2024 New York State Poetry Out Loud Finalists!

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | March 11, 2024

Congratulations the 18 student finalists in the 2024 season of Poetry Out Loud in New York! We’re thrilled to announce this year’s state champion and runner up. 2024 NY Poetry Out Loud Champion: Emily Wang, Horace Mann School Runner-up: Zoey Marcus, Stuyvesant High School On Saturday, March 9, 2024, high school students from across the…

T&W Receives NBCUniversal Local Impact Grant

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | October 4, 2023

T&W is honored to be named a winner of the 2023 NBCUniversal Impact Grant. We extend our gratitude to Comcast NBCUniversal! NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47, and Comcast NBCUniversal recently announced the winners for their Impact Grant—given to local nonprofit organizations addressing their local communities’ needs. Grants were received for Next Generation Storytellers, Youth…

The 100-Foot Poem

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | August 7, 2023

  T&W recently partnered with the New York City Poetry Festival, Poetry Out Loud, and Urban Word NYC to host the 12th Annual Youth Poetry Festival! The Youth Festival is an NYC Poetry Festival highlight each year, catering to toddlers, teens, and everyone in-between. T&W provided writing activities and workshops for youth, and we produced…

Still Life by Sandra Hines

Painting with Griot Circle

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | May 31, 2023

This spring, older adults in Brooklyn immersed themselves in art through a Still Life Painting workshop we offered in partnership with with Griot Circle, an organization that provides programs and services to LGBTQ+ elders of color. The eight-week program included two visits to Brooklyn art galleries, and six weeks of creative exploration using acrylic paints…

Announcing the first NYS Youth Poet Laureate!

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | May 11, 2023

Congratulations to Stephanie Pacheco of the Bronx and to runner-up, Sabrina Guo of Oyster Bay   “Our stories are calling to be told. We are the storytellers and changemakers we’ve been waiting for.” — Stephanie Pacheco   On April 28, 2023, 19-year-old Stephanie Pacheco of the Bronx was named the inaugural New York State Youth…

2023 NY Poetry Out Loud Winners

Congratulations to the Poetry Out Loud State Finalists!

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | March 11, 2023

On Saturday, March 11th, we hosted the 2023 Poetry Out Loud New York State Final event at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, NY.  Twenty students representing schools and counties from around New York State gathered to perform great poetry. The event marked the culmination of several months of hard work and preparation. Students begin…

2022-2023 Strategic Vision

2023-2025 Strategic Vision

By Teachers Writers Collaborative | October 30, 2022

  In the summer of 2022, T&W embarked on a review of our mission, vision, and values. The goal was to consider how these directives might more closely respond to the current landscapes of arts education, social equity, and the needs of the communities we serve. We also wished to remain faithful to the heart…

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