Judith Tannenbaum will read on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Welker Room on the campus of Chatham University. The reading is part of the Words Without Walls reading series. It is free, open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.
Judith Tannenbaum has taught poetry in a wide variety of settings from primary school classrooms to maximum security prisons. She taught at San Quentin for four years in the 1980s and subsequently created Arts in Corrections’ newsletter Memo:Arts and their Manual for Artists Working in Prison (available for download on her website). This work led to two of her books — Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin and a two person memoir, written with San Quentin student Spoon Jackson, By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives. In addition to the two prison memoirs and her many books of poetry, Tannenbaum has two texts for teachers: Teeth, Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades and Jump Write In! Creative Writing Exercises for Diverse Communities, Grades 6-12. Tannenbaum has served as training coordinator for San Francisco WritersCorps from the program’s inception in 1994. There’s a great deal of information on both teaching arts and prison arts on her website www.judithtannenbaum.com
Funding for the Words Without Walls reading series provided by A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Chatham University.