Ann Gengarelly has been a poet-in-the schools throughout Southeastern Vermont and neighboring Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 1980. She is Director of The Poetry Studio at her home in Marlboro, Vermont, where during the past twenty-five years she has offered after-school and summer workshop programs in poetry and art for students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Since 2002, Ann has also taught studio creative writing classes for adults. From 2000-2010, she had the privilege to teach poetry workshops on the Navajo Nation at Little Singer Community School in Bird Springs, Arizona and for seven years Ann was also a Faculty Associate at Hampshire College.
Ann holds an MA degree from Goddard College in creativity and education with an emphasis on poetry-in-the schools. She received an honorary degree for Teaching Excellence from Marlboro College in 1988.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Another World is an extraordinary book that features poetry and art by young people (ages 5 to 17) from The Poetry Studio. Founded in 1995 by Ann Gengarelly, The Poetry Studio is indeed “another world” that inspires imagination and discovery. The students’ poems, in original and exceptional ways, invite us to remember the creative spirit and the importance of meeting with that part of oneself that is so often neglected.
Chard deNiord is the former Vermont Poet Laureate. deNiord is the author of seven poetry collections include In My Unknowing, Interstate, Speaking in Turn: a collaboration with Tony Sanders; The Double Truth, Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. DeNiord has also authored two books of interviews with renowned American poets, Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets and I Would Lie To You If I Could.
According to prize winning poet/professor, Bruce Smith “The students’ poems. . . are cracks in the construction, cures for the hurt, color for the bleakness, and challenges to the system. These poems of love and rage are counter forces to unfeeling and silence. They are maps to be consulted when navigating the world. . .” Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019-2022, has also commented: These students' poems and art are so beautiful and refreshing - they ring of truth in a time of lies. We need them.