At Gotham, we believe that teaching is every bit as much of an art as writing, and we know through vast experience that the ability to teach creative writing is a unique and valuable skill. That's why all of our teachers are professional writers and professional teachers. They know what it means to work at the craft of writing - they've been in the trenches - and they are expert at conveying the larger concepts and nuances to students of writing. And, most importantly, they don't just talk about writing, they get you writing. By Britt Gambino
As a kid, Gotham teacher Alexis Schaitkin played with Paint by Number kits (numbers indicate both the area to paint and the paint color). In college, she returned to the 1950s cultural phenomenon as a way to relax in the midst of tests and term papers, and later, even wrote an essay about it for the Southern Review’s “Americana” issue.
But her interest in art went far beyond completing an elaborate Swiss Chalet picture kit during finals week. Alexis actually painted her own works of art, and one summer even worked in Giverny, France at Claude Monet’s garden, immortalized in many of his paintings. “I was trying to do impressive-sounding things,” she laughs, “but I really just wanted to play in the dirt.” (Alexis spen...
MORE | ARCHIVE Gotham teacher Kamilah Aisha Moon recently saw the release of her poetry collection She Has a Name. The poems are all related to a young woman with autism; we hear from the woman, along with people who know her well. The book has an interesting trailer, and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books calls it “one of the most moving poetry books I’ve encountered in a while.”
We now share a poem from the book:
1 in 150 now, this glitch
in babies poised to unlock the world
These daughters and sons of poets,
store clerks, salesmen, singers,
CEOs, janitors, actors cast
into this permanent script
Souls we love turned
like the faces of flowers thrust
toward a rogue sun
We are the earth we walk; what seeps
here? Is the air fighting back?
Is the water slow...
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