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10 writing teachers on the heartbreak, messes, and joys of teaching

Corinne Segal

May 6, 2019, 12:06pm

We love teachers at Lit Hub. So in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, hear from 10 teachers about what brought them to the profession, the challenges of classroom life, and their work as writers:

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After a student told her “all women are a little crazy,” Sarah Fawn Montgomery designed a course around the literature of mad women.

Helen Betya Rubinstein sets out to destroy the notion of “failure or success” in MFA workshops.

Belle Boggs questions why more writers don’t become public school teachers.

Kyoko Mori on balancing the dual identities of writer and teacher.

Christopher Schaberg asks: what is literature, in the first place?

Beth Kephart on supporting students while retaining a sense of self.

dispatch from Melissa Febos on teaching in a red county after the 2016 election.

“I’ve learned to wait them out.” Win Bassett on his first year teaching poetry to high school boys.

Zachary Lazar on teaching poetry in prison and telling stories in order to live.

Matt Grant covers the origins of Barbershop Books, the program helping barbers create early positive reading experiences for customers.