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
Gotham teacher Raven Burnett pursues both film and theater with obsessive passion. While his training is in film and directing, Raven also co-founded the 48NYC Theater Festival with friend, Glenn Hergenhahn. Raven and Glenn were inspired by several other theater festivals around the country, including the legendary 14/48 Festival in Seattle, WA and Idiom Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival in Bellingham, WA. “This form of theater,” Raven says, “is essentially writing, producing, and mounting over a dozen new plays in just forty-eight hours. It's insane.”
The way it works is groups of writers, directors, and actors are pre-assigned to collaborate with one another. First, writers draw various themes out of a hat and proceed to write short one-act plays from 8 PM to 8 AM the ...
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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