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BWL Launches The Poet in the City Workshop

by Ryan Clinesmith

The Global Poetry Consortium is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Poetry Barn. Located in the foothills of Catskill Park in Hudson Valley, the Poetry Barn nurtures poetry education by sponsoring workshops, retreats and readings. This winter, in a new collaboration with BWL, the Poetry Barn is hosting a four-week blended online workshop titled "The Poet in the City", for high school students enrolled in Honors English. Students are engaging in poetry "scavenger hunts" revolving around New York City parks, libraries, museums and literary events. 

The Poetry Barn: located in West Hurley, New York in the foothills of the Catskills. 


The workshop is being taught by Kim Noriega. It was conceived by and will be co-facilitated by Ryan Clinesmith, Assistant Headmaster and Poet-in-Residence at The Birch Wathen Lenox School, along with The Poetry Barn's founding director Lissa Kiernan. Ms. Noriega teaches writing to all ages in recovery homes and public libraries, and heads San Diego Public Library's family literacy program. She was a finalist in 2017 for the Toyota National Family Teacher of the Year Award. 

Honors English students working on their poetry projects in the BWL library. 


Students are participating in "field work" meant to inspire poems written in response to students' visits to iconic NYC places. Each student creates an account and profile on The Poetry Barn's online platform and uses it for reading the weekly lessons, posting poems, and providing one another with feedback. The goal of the workshop is to introduce students to a mode of learning that is being adopted increasingly throughout all levels of education. The Poetry Barn's online collaboration allows students to thrive independent of the classroom; thereby allowing creativity to blossom through discovery and interest driven inquiry.