Contemporary Artists as Catalysts for Inquiry and Art-making | Debora Broderick

“My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions.” ~Glen Lignon, contemporary artist When I first told my students we were going to be studying contemporary artists to help us think about teaching, they were understandably perplexed. My students, who are high school seniors interested in becoming teachers, wondered (a) […]

Color Theory for Writing Teachers | Anna Plemons

By grace and serendipity I recently had the chance to visit the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, Germany.  In looking through some of the color studies by Johannes Itten and Paul Klee I was shocked to discover something new to me—albeit embarrassingly elementary—about how colors work in conversation with each other.  I realize that in sharing […]

Poem Number 99 | Anna Plemons

Last time I was teaching at the prison, the writer I was working with showed me a meticulous list of the 98 poems he had written.  “All my poems are dark,” he said.  He read me three of the ones he had gotten published; they traced the scars on his body and mind through an […]

The Teacher’s Chair | Anna Plemons

In my last ALT/space post I wrote about the young musician who questioned the open-ended teaching style that I use with incarcerated writers.  I wrote the post, sent it in, felt uneasy about how my story as a teacher was tangled with the intimate witnessing of another man’s tears, argued with myself over the breach […]