January, 2023

Happy New Year! 2023 has been an exciting time for the students and the visiting poets. Rashad Wright, Felicia Sherelle Capers and Jaquair Gillette have been working with the students in Paterson at many schools and inspiring them to write their stories. We are looking forward to reading their poems soon. Our contest deadline is […]

November Wrap Up

November was an exciting month! Our poets began in-school poetry workshops. It was wonderful to experience the magic of being with the students. Our extraordinary new troop of visiting poets inspired the student poets, providing them with poems and prompts to get them writing! Speaking of prompts, the flyers for this year’s Poetry Contest have […]

TAPP is Back!

 We are so excited about our programs for the 2022-2023 school year!  We are finally able to resume in-class poetry visits which will begin in November after a very long time. In addition, we have a wonderful new cadre of poets who will be inspiring the students. We look forward to posting their photos and […]

A Celebration of Laura Boss

            Since the founding of the Theater and Poetry Project, international award-winning poet Laura Boss has been a vital part of the Poets-in-the-Schools program. Year after year, she took on every workshop offered to her, and shared her kindness, grace, and thoughtfulness with Paterson youth. Laura had a special way of gently challenging students to […]

West African Drummer Shows Paterson Kids a New Way to Celebrate Black History

This year, we teamed up with the Folklife Center of Northern NJ and West African master percussionist Victor Marshall to bring music from the African diaspora to Paterson students. This project began to grow legs in November and culminated in three residencies that took place throughout Black History Month. Two residencies were carried out in […]

How A Virtual Workshop Residency Succeeded In The Paterson Schools

The Initial Challenge With remote learning in Paterson and around the country dragging on into the new year—longer than any of us expected—how can we continue to engage and inspire students virtually? Poetry presented in a relevant way may just be the antidote to too-much-screen-time fatigue. Enter reg e gaines, Tony and Grammy award-nominated teaching […]

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