Author Archives: Grace Curtis

Poetry Lesson Plans and Life Lessons

On June 6, I leave for Israel. Next Thursday, I will be in the classroom at Al-Bashaer High School in Deir al Assad teaching poetry to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. The program is an English immersion experience for the … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry in Summer Camp & How to Make a Chapbook

In less than a month, I will travel with six other individuals to a small town in northern Israel called Deir Al Asad to teach for two weeks in a summer camp for 60 junior high school aged children. Deir … Continue reading

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A Night of Art and Poetry–Double Delight

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A Poetry Reading for Dos Madres Press

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Reveling in poet, Carl Adamshick’s poems

I’ve just reread, again, Carl Adamshick‘s debut collection, Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press). I can’t get enough of his surprising, elegant, streamlined poems. Listen to Carl read his poems –

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To the Christmas Tree

  Bathed in the act of forgetting still upright light endowed upright on crutches drinking only what I give it giving all that it can a few winks now and then ball-catcher. What other relic withstands this kind of stand-up … Continue reading

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What’s a Short Story Doing on a Poetry Blog?

Crazy, Right? I write short stories, too. Did I mention that? Here is one I had published earlier this year at The Smoking Poet. Speaking As Em lay in bed trying to wake up, she found herself recalling the noisy … Continue reading

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A Wellspring of Poetry Happenings

Ohio Poetry Association Anthology Launch Party On April 16, at Bexley Library in Bexley, on the eastern edge of Columbus, the Ohio Poetry Association held the launch party and reading for its first anthology, Everything Stops and Listens, edited by … Continue reading

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Borderlands Reading

In mid-March, I was invited by Mark Sebastian Jordan, curator of the newly created monthly poetry event, Borderlands, at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio, to read poetry along with Columbus poet, Andy Roberts.  The event and the venue were … Continue reading

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Five Unexpected Benefits of 30 Poems in 30 Days

This is the first year I’ve committed to writing a poem every day during National Poetry Month. So far so good! In the past, it has always felt a little gimmicky or forced. Now that I am doing it, it … Continue reading

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