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“When we are immersed in the act of writing and not distracted by the clock or self-consciousness or the fear of making mistakes, we are no longer bound to spelling: we are spellbound.”

Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry offers a range of exciting ideas to inspire students of all ages to explore their potential as writers and creators. It is a vital addition to Teachers & Writers Collaborative’s catalogue of resources to support innovation in the classroom and learning through the literary arts.

Contributors include: Erika Luckert, Tiphanie Yanique, Susan Karwoska, Aracelis Girmay, Emily Moore, Peter Markus, Chris Cander, Caron Levis, Joanna Fuhrman, Jasminne Mendez, Amina Henry, Sheila Maldonado, Sarah Dohrmann, Jason Koo, Cait Weiss Orcutt, Alex Cuff, Tina Cane, Bianca Stone, Todd Colby, Melissa Febos, Michael Morse, Stefania Heim, Brian Blanchfield, Jennifer Firestone, Rosamond S. King, and Dorothea Lasky.

Featuring poetry by: Jericho Brown, Chen Chen, t’ai freedom ford, Danez Smith, Diana Garcia, Ross Gay, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Terrance Hayes, Bhanu Kapil, Audre Lorde, Harryette Mullen, Isle Yi Park, Reina Maria Rodriguez, Raena Shirali, Donika Kelly, Ruth Stone, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver, Robert Duncan, Sylvia Plath, Frank Stanford, Frank O’Hara, Charles Simic, Eavan Boland, Keith Althaus, and Adam Zagajewski.


Spellbound brings a wealth of experience by poets and teachers to the art and craft of teaching poetry, the various ways of giving common words the spell...I’m sure that it is going to be immensely useful to poets and teachers, children of all ages.” — Edward Hirsch, author of The Essential Poets Glossary and How to Read a Poem

“The wide range of creative activities offered in Spellbound will surely enable teachers to engage students with poetry by having them meet the blank page with their own imaginations. The poems that result will be a powerful reminder that when you make something with words, new worlds open. For any educator interested in poetry as entry point to classroom lessons, this book is a wonderful new resource.” — Jennifer Benka, president and executive director, Academy of American Poets

Spellbound reverberates with the magic of student voices alongside the stories their teachers tell, illustrating why it is crucial that we make space for this kind of ‘serious play’ in any and all classrooms.” — erica kaufman, director, Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking