March 9, 2016

Poetry and Community: Events and Evidence

By Dora Malech

When we consider what enables a poem to endure, it’s easy to side with immediate fatalism and shoulder-shrugging, or opt for broad-brushed faith in long-term aesthetic exceptionalism and artistic meritocracy, without really considering the everyday […]

March 2, 2016

Different (Broad)sides

By Dora Malech

A “broadside” is, quite simply, a sheet of paper printed on a single side. Once also called a “broadsheet,” these could be typed up and posted as notices or advertising. Even early […]

February 2, 2016

“And since I’m the one writing it . . .”

By Dora Malech

After Saturday’s orientation, Monday evening was the first official joint meeting of Writers in Baltimore Schools high school students and Johns Hopkins University undergrads collaborating on the  Community-Based Learning course “Poetry & […]

January 31, 2016

Crossing That Line

By Dora Malech

Yesterday afternoon was a day I’d been anticipating for almost a year — the high school students’ orientation for the joint Writers in Baltimore Schools and Johns Hopkins University Writing […]

May 15, 2015

Writing In and Speaking Out

By Dora Malech

Earlier this month, in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the community unrest and outcry that followed in Baltimore, Writers in Baltimore Schools (WBS), […]

April 30, 2015

Facing It

By Dora Malech

Today, though I stumble, as usual, I am “thinking through” my language–considering my word choices in a draft of a poem, in comments on student work, in conversations with other attendees on the steps […]

April 28, 2015


By Dora Malech

I am in Baltimore and I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say because I am trying to listen. I am trying to listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates: Now, […]