Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 17 mm
This is as much a testimonial to the resilience and creativity of the human spirit as it is an informative exploration of an emerging field, Transformative Language Arts. A collection of reflections, stories, reports on the work of change agents whose medium is language (whether spoken, written, sung, enacted, or remembered), it shares with us the many ways people are successfully being moved to write, to be heard into speech, and to be liberated into action through the work of these caring professionals. -- Elizabeth Minnich, professor, Queens University (moral philosophy); author, "Transforming Knowledge"
A transformation awaits each reader in this volume's wealth of language, heart, scholarship, and stories within stories to inspire action in whatever small way we can to affect our large, troubled yet beautiful world. Each contributor is a "change agent" who creatively points the way to a higher level of understanding of our varied fellow human beings through language's many avenues leading to hope and survival. -- Perie Longo, poet laureate emerita, Santa Barbara, CA; registered poetry therapist; author, "Baggage Claim"
This new anthology of Transformative Language Arts essays highlights the excitement of this emerging field. Founded as a Master of Arts program at Goddard College, TLA has spread across the country as a cutting edge practice in the arts, ecology, business, activism, and health. Farmer and Mirriam-Goldberg bring together leading voices to demonstrate how words have power to change individual lives as well as communities. Join with them to help catalyze social change. -- Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09
This book is about how words can change lives, and in so doing, change the world. From stories of homeless women finding their voice to the power of song to transform inner life, this is a book that revives the ancient awareness of the dynamic energy of language. What an antidote this book is to the popular media's silence and silliness in the face of injustice. -- Barbara Kerr, distinguished professor of counseling psychology and director, CLEOS (Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States), University of Kansas
Having already been familiar with Farmer and Mirriam-Goldberg's teaching and work, I am thrilled to see this book actualize the remarkable teaching and pedagogy they both advocate. This collection not only moves you to rethink your teaching practices with its understanding of "communities of congruence," but invites you to investigate methodologies that alter the stale modes of workshop and creative writing teaching and the possibilities of teaching outside the classroom-the rest of the world and its places of nurture, hardship and recovery. -- Prageeta Sharma, professor, University of Montana; author, "Undergloom and Infamous Landscapes."
Now one could argue that it was merely a creative writing class and you would be right, but what is teaching creative writing but teaching creative thought? And from imagination springs dreams. -- Participant in the Transformative Language Arts writing workshop, "A Circle of Women, a Circle of Words"
The essays in this groundbreaking anthology provide artists, educators, activists, scholars, community organizers, and spiritual leaders with a blueprint for applying the spoken, written, and/or sung word for initiating personal and social transformation. Leading artists, educators, and practitioners within the emerging field describe concrete ways to present workshops, performances, and other community activities that engage participants in the process of self-discovery, creative expression, and community building. Whether working with women subsisting in housing projects or people combating mental illness or cancer patients and caregivers living with the profound impact of the illness, the contributors share their experiences as testimonials to the life-changing power of these practices. -- Michelle Myers, spoken word artist; founder of Yellow Rage; activist; professor
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