Wiki-ed Poetry: Poets in Discussion, Poets in Practice

This is a collaborative project with Sue Dymoke, School of Education, University of Leicester. In this project, preservice teacher candidates at two faculties of education (in Ontario, Canada and Leicester, England) participate in a wiki discussion of poetry and poetry teaching.  They will also engage in the practice of writing poetry both collaboratively and by themselves, in order that they might better understand the reading, writing and performance of poetry and use poetry writing as a means of self-exploration and self-expression.  Published Canadian poet and literacy and arts educator, Cornelia Hoogland, will take on the role of “electronic writer-in-residence” to help lead the preservice teacher candidates through the process of writing, editing, and performing their own poems.  Participants will communicate using a wiki, which will enable them to both collaborate and share ideas, write print and digital poems, as well as to edit each other’s work.