The Center for the Art of Translation Partners with Teachers & Writers to Bring Poetry Inside Out to New York City

June 3, 2010
Contact: sesposito@catranslation.org

June 3, 2010—The Center for the Art of Translation is pleased to announce a partnership with New York City's Teachers & Writers to bring its innovative Poetry Inside Out (PIO) curriculum to public schools in NYC. The PIO curriculum--a cross-cultural literacy program that captures the synergy between creative writing and translation--will be implemented by Teachers & Writers at select NYC public school during the 2010-11 academic year. This program is supported in part by a Learning in the Arts grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Per the arrangement, the Center will provide training and professional development in the PIO curriculum for teachers from three New York City public schools and Teachers & Writers educators. The curriculum will be implemented in five- to eight-week cycles throughout the school year, with PIO workshops occurring in classes at least twice a week. The Center will regularly meet with Teachers & Writers personnel to oversee the implementation of the curriculum, as well as conduct research on this pilot program.

In addition, Teachers & Writers will publish student poems and translations, plus articles about the program, in a future issue of its award-winning quarterly magazine, Teachers & Writers.

"We're thrilled to be bringing Poetry Inside Out to the East Coast, and Teachers & Writers is the ideal partner for it," says Marty Rutherford, Directory of Poetry Inside Out. "Their writer/teachers innately grasp what makes the PIO curriculum unique, and the organization's extensive experience with New York schools ensures that we'll find the perfect classrooms for our program."

The Poetry Inside Out curriculum teaches creative writing through the closest possible contact with language: translation. Students translate poems from world languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Latvian and authors including Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Li Bai, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students then use the principles learned while translating to write their own poetry, and they see their work published in classroom anthologies and the Center's Best of Poetry Inside Out series of books.

Poetry Inside Out was established in 2000 and has since educated over 5,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area. PIO students have won the prestigious River of Words competition, judged by Poet Laureate Robert Haas, as well as presented in numerous venues, including a recent event with award-winning Mexican poet David Huerta at City Lights Books in San Francisco.

Recently PIO has expanded beyond the Bay Area through partnerships with the University of California at San Diego and Teachers & Writers, with plans to disseminate the curriculum nationally. It has also begun work with informal learning centers such as the Chabot Space and Science Center.

For more information on Poetry Inside Out or to find out more about the Center?s partnership with Teachers & Writers, contact the Center's Marketing Coordinator, Scott Esposito, at sesposito@catranslation.org.