Founded in 1984, POETRY ALIVE! fields groups of two-person teams who travel to school districts worldwide. Their high-energy presentations have taken Poetry Alive! to a total audience of more than 10 million, in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Guam, Japan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saipan, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Each year Poetry Alive! conducts approximately 2,000 performances, over 750 classroom follow-ups and 150 teacher workshops for an estimated 600,000 students nationwide. We also conduct several specialized on-site in-services of one to five days each year.
Not a canned, ‘cookie-cutter’ event, Poetry Alive!’s performance techniques are fresh and focused on connecting students to text. Poetry Alive! techniques can easily be customized to emphasize reading, writing or performance.
We are a Poetry Company. Using the rich heritage of the bardic tradition of long ago, we bring high-intensity poetry performances into the classroom. The Poetry Alive! actors have memorized hundreds of poems—from the classics to the popular to the contemporary.
Those poems, presented in engaging and memorable ways, become the connection to enhanced reading and writing skills. In short, we bring poetry to life, by engaging students to the learning process. Poetry Alive! has become the reading, writing and performing connection.
Poetry Alive! techniques are easily taught and easily replicated by educators. Almost any educator can learn them. Almost any student, regardless of skill or socioeconomic background can benefit.
Our poetry performances can be tailored to many key educational strategies and needs. For example, we can easily modify our program to struggling readers, emergent readers or students who have undeveloped writing skills.
Performance poetry works best in reading and writing applications. But we have gym teachers and math teachers who have used our techniques to improve student performance. We find our poetry performance works in all curriculums because it utilizes kinesthetic learning techniques.
Because Poetry Alive! utilizes Kinesthetic learning, students of all ages and skill levels can self-actualize skills to improve literacy. Kids of any skill level or background can benefit. Poetry Alive! stimulates literacy among all sorts of achievement and interest levels.
Performance poetry techniques encourage struggling and/or emergent readers to break out of traditional methodologies and achieve improved literacy skills. Poetry Alive! has become a performance connection to improved literacy.