Thursday, June 18, 2015

We are so lookin forward to meeting you!

Never fear - Sara and Michael are here!

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are ready to share some fun, practical and success ensuring engagement activities that you'll be able to take back to your classroom and use immediately! (Okay it is Summer so you might have to wait 'til Fall - but you know what we mean)

Sara Holbrook is the author of fifteen poetry books for children, teens and adults. She is also the author of four books for teachers, Outspoken, How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills through Poetry Performance (co-author Michael Salinger, Heinemann, 2006) and Practical Poetry, A Non-Standard Approach to Meeting Content Standards (Heinemann, 2005) and High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary Instruction (co-author Michael Salinger, Heinemann, 2010) , High Impact Writing Clinics (co-author Michael Salinger, Corwin, Fall 2013) 

A frequent keynote speaker, she shows teachers how to use writing and oral presentation exercises in order to help raise vocabulary and other literacy skills along with comprehension through collaboration, writing and classroom performance across all grade levels and content areas.
An acclaimed performer, she is a frequent speaker at state, national and international teacher conferences and guest lecturer at schools and universities providing writing and public speaking workshops for students and customized professional development courses for teachers, both in school settings and conferences. 

"Sara does not speak a poem . . . she sticks her hand down the poem's throat and pulls it inside out." Jane Yolen 

Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 25 years. In this time he has become a fixture in the performance poetry and education community performing and teaching in over 200 cities in 35 countries. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published across the US and Canada. His publication, Stingray , nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was published by Word Smith Press of Ann Arbor in 2007. A collection of humorous poems defining S.A.T vocabulary words titled Well Defined - Vocabulary in Rhyme is published by Boyds Mills Press. His latest collection - A Bear in the Kitchen was published by Red Giant books in 2013. He has co-authored three professional books with his partner in rhyme, Sara Holbrook. 

He has taught workshops in colleges, high schools and middle schools, including Oberlin, Muskinghum, Kent State, Bowling Green and Case Western Reserve Universities. He was a featured author at the Writer's Week program of Fremd High School in Chicago and the instructor/coach for the Case Western Reserve University National College Poetry Slam Team. He is a frequent presenter at international, state and local teacher conferences offering professional development k-12. He has presented at the NCTE and IRA Conferences numerous times as well as Internationally at EARCOS in Ho Chi Minh City and Kota Kinabalu Borneo, The Arabian Reading Association in Manama, Bahrain and The Association of International Schools in Africa in Accra, Ghana. He has also done residencies at international schools in Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Harare, Lagos, Kuala Lumpur and many more. 

Salinger has served on the board of directors of Cleveland Public Theatre, Poetry Slam Inc., and The Lit, Cleveland's Literary Center. He lives in Mentor, Ohio with poet and co-author Sara Holbrook.