Poets For Art Workshop

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, the New Orleans Museum of Art is offering a free poetry workshop on April for students in grades 8–12, led by renowned poet Brod Bagert. Workshop participants will tour the museum and select a work of art that inspires or engages them. Working with a professional writer, students will develop and write a poem. Students are invited to submit their completed poem to NOMA for publication in a soft-bound book that will be mailed to all participants. Experienced and novice poets are invited to apply by March 31.

Brod Bagert is a New Orleans native, a former lawyer and city councilman, and a full-time professional poet. He is the award-winning author of 18 books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults. Bagert’s poems are known for matching the “voice” to the age-appropriate audience, a style that emerged when his then eight-year-old daughter asked him to write a poem for an elocution program at her school. As he explained in an interview, “I write my poems to entertain. So, when the audience changes, the poems change. For kindergarteners I tend to use chanting, repetitious heroic couplets. For third graders I like ballad stanzas with a strong storyline. For eighth graders, free verse shifting in an out of rhyme to match tone and content … The idea of voice is simple; it’s like writing lines for an actor in a movie. Sometimes I write in my own voice, but most of the time I write in the voice of the audience for whom the poem is intended. In a poem for kindergartners, the person talking in the poem is a kindergartner. In a poem for sixth graders, I write in a sixth-grade voice.”

Bagert’s work has received numerous awards, including the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. He has many years of experience teaching poetry. Baggert’s books of poetry for children include Elephant Games and Other Playful Poems to Perform (1995), The Gooch Machine (1997), Giant Children (2002), Shout! Little Poems that Roar (2007), and School Fever (2008). His collections for adults include A Bullfrog at Café DuMonde (2008) and Steel Cables (2008).
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By: New Orleans Museum of Art

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