Lightbox Poetry is an online resource for students and teachers exploring the place of poetry in the classroom. Each month, we feature original interviews with emerging and established poets that examine the practice and philosophy of teaching poetry, issues of poetic craft, and what it means to participate in culture through writing.

Lightbox Poetry prepares and delivers materials for multiple ways of approaching poetry through lesson plans, classroom handouts, online links, and creative assignments. We believe poetry has a place not only in creative writing and literature classes, but in all kinds of classrooms—in all disciplines from history to math, and at all levels, from early childhood to lifelong learning. By connecting poets, students, and teachers, we hope to create a space for dialogue about teaching in the growing field of creative writing pedagogy.


Kara van de Graaf has taught creative writing and composition at University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Utah Valley University, where she is an Assistant Professor of English. Some of her favorite poems to teach include “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop, “Whoso List to Hunt” by Sir Thomas Wyatt, and “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath. You can find her online at www.karavandegraaf.com.



RichieHofmann (photo-Dylan Stuckey)Richie Hofmann has taught creative writing, literature, and first-year writing at Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Some favorite poems to teach are “Love (III)” by George Herbert, “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, and “The Steeple-Jack” by Marianne Moore. For more, visit www.richiehofmann.com.