Students interview poets!

Pardon the copy-paste of the press release. Stuff’s been mad busy.

Toronto, 28 May 2013: We are pleased to announce the 2013 launch of The Great Canadian Writer’s Craft: Students Interview Poets. Arts education with a twist, high-school teacher John Ouzas and poet angela rawlings have collaborated on an in-depth summative project designed to support high-school curriculum while connecting students with a wider, active, contemporary literary community. The results are available online here:

The Great Canadian Writer’s Craft

Students Interview Poets

This spring, Toronto high-school students at Malvern Collegiate Institute conducted interviews with some of Canada’s finest poets. The interviews feature savvy journalism from John Ouzas’ Grade 12 Writer’s Craft class— the continuation of a pilot project commenced in 2011.

The Great Canadian Writer’s Craft includes cumulative exercises exposing students to a variety of writing practices (from contemporary poetry to journalism, short autobiography to editorial feedback, and media literacy to thank-you letters). The long-term, open-access, public results of this project are these fantastic interviews, conducted by students. For a complete overview of how the project works as well as all supporters and 2011 participants, please click here.

In Spring 2013, the Writer’s Craft class interviewed poets from across Canada: a rawlingsAdam DickinsonAngela SzczepaniakBeatriz HausnerDani CoutureGarry Thomas MorseJason ChristieJenny SampirisiJordan ScottMark TruscottNikki ReimerSonnet L’Abbé, and Steve Venright. The project extends its ties within the literary scene asOpenBook: Toronto will publish three student interviews per week for the duration of June— offering many students their first publication credit.

To learn more about the project, read OpenBook’s interview with angela rawlings and John Ouzas:


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