In the March/April issue of the State of the Arts poet Robert Lee shares his experiences as a Missoula Writing Collaborative Poet-in-Residence in Hydaburg, AK. To my mind it’s well worth a read.
Lisa Simon wrote the following in her introduction to Lee’s article: For the last two years Robert has spent a month with Haida Indian students, teaching writing skills. The advocacy in this piece emerges in the recognition that teaching poetry is not merely a skill of art, but a gift of articulation for kids struggling to find their way in an increasingly complex world – thus, ultimately, a civic skill. That Montana poets can do this kind of advocacy is a credit to the state.
Click on the link to pdf 3 and scroll down to Lee’s article.