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Becca is teaching a two-session poetry workshop for adults

Saturdays, April 29 & May 6 from 10 am – 12 pm

at the Edina Art Center!

$57 – more details here

Becca holds an MFA in creative writing and has been teaching poetry to people of all ages for almost 20 years. She has taught in schools and other community venues around the world and is a roster artist for COMPAS, the largest arts education roster in Minnesota. Becca’s teaching emphasizes experimentation with the medium of poetic language itself, and invention rather than the poet’s individual self expression. She asks students to investigate different approaches to making poems: from rigorous exploration of a single word to experimentation with different patterns and configurations of words and verbal expressions that can open up new associations and opportunities to make meaning. Her approach to teaching is innovative, rigorous, and open; she approaches all students as fellow artists and works with them to learn the techniques and concepts that allow them to apply their aesthetic to make original, interesting, non-formulaic art and poetry. In 2012, Becca received the Ordway Education Award in Community Commitment as a recognition of her ongoing and outstanding work in arts and education.

She was an associate editor at the Teaching Artist Journal for almost ten years and co-wrote a book about teaching, the Teaching Artist Handbook. Read excerpts and more here.

cover imageBecca is available to teach in almost any context, for short or long-term residencies, with students of all ages and experience, and in collaboration with teachers and artists in other media.

You can book her and Nick Jaffe for performance and teaching in poetry and music through COMPAS. They work in all kinds of settings including schools, senior centers, outdoor events, and more.

Becca is also available to teach private poetry and writing lessons, rates negotiable–just email her at beccabarniskis [at] gmail.com

 

Read an article Becca wrote for the Teaching Artist Journal about teaching social justice art.

 

Video of Becca teaching via videoconference some middle school students in South Korea:

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