September 2011



On the first day at Tate we read a few poems. This was myself and two teaching artists (Idris Goodwin and Barry Vaxter). The girls loved Barry. The boys loved Idris. And me- well, they liked watching a 30 year old white guy rap. As we were leaving Junior approached us in the main office. […]

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“Every time you teach a poetry workshop at a high school and they see you rap it’s always the same question,” Idris says “Can you two battle?” We’re standing in the parking lot at Elizabeth Tate High School in Iowa City. It’s an alternative school which is non French term meaning a school for problem […]

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