Teaching Poetry as a Practice of Freedom with Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Zoom Workshop | Saturday, March 19 | 10 am- 2 pm Eastern

bell hooks wrote that teaching is a sacred act and as instructors “our work is not merely to share information but to share in the intellect and spiritual growth of our students.” Teaching poetry can be an act of mutual healing and liberation. In this professional development training session centered in poetry, participants will engage in holistic approaches to teaching that encompass mind, body, and spirit. Led by award-winning poet and tenured educator, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, participants will engage with pedagogical practices, mentor texts, movement, and composition to promote learning that fosters mutual respect and unbound creativity that empowers both student and instructor.

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Professional Development

About the Facilitator

Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, Nalac Leadership Institute, Communitas America, and VONA. She’s a three-time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012). With advanced degrees in education and an MFA in Performance Studies this initiated priestess in  Lukumi and Palo uses poetry to create literary events that center intergenerational communal healing, literacy and equity. Through Robleswrites Productions Inc., Peggy created Lalibreta.online (2021), The Abuela Stories Project (2016), and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse (2017). Her work has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Institute, Pen America, and Pregones Theater. Her poetry appears online in Poets.org, Tribes.org, The Quarry at Split This Rock, The Common,  92Y.org, Centro Voices, and NACLA.org. Peggy has also been published in several anthologies including The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (2020), and What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019).

For more please visit Robleswrites.com.


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