Taylor Mali and the Capital Area Poetry Slam

Taylor Mali and the Capital Area Poetry Slam

As released by Jump Street:

Jump Street is excited to announce that Taylor Mali will be performing live at The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 7th, from 2-4pm.

Taylor Mali is one of the best known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and a vocal advocate of teachers. He spent nine years in middle-school classrooms, teaching everything from English and history to math and SAT test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his 12-year long Quest for One Thousand Teachers, completed in April of 2012, helped create 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion and perseverance.”

Mali is also an author, most recently of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World (Putnam 2012) as well as two books of poetry, The Last Time as We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002). He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching and math and was the winner of the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival.

Mali is performing as part of Jump Street’s Big Read program which is sponsored by Arts Midwest, The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lion Foundation of Camp Hill, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Because of these generous donors, a limited number of tickets are available for FREE to the public by contacting Rebekah Wilcox via email at rwilcox@jumpstreet.org or by phone at 717-238-1887.

In addition to Taylor’s performance, 10 local poets will be competing in Jump Street’s first ever area-wide poetry slam. These poets, many of whom are also published and have won awards, will be using words and rhythm to compete against one another as an opening and welcome to Taylor Mali. This event is a great opportunity for older students, teachers, poets, and everyone else. Get your tickets now!

To learn more about Taylor Mali, visit http://taylormali.com.

For directions to the Pollock Center, visit http://www.gmppac.org/directions.html

For more information about Jump Street, go to www.jumpstreet.org