Publication: Make the Anvil Theirs

Journal of Folklore and Education

When Poetry Meets Folklore

Taught in the light of folklore’s values of context, use, candor, imagination, and love, writing poems that notice, praise, and witness allows young people to forge language as an act of consequence and resistance.

The work described in Dennie Palmer Wolf’s article (published in the 8th edition of the Journal of Folklore and Education) was fueled by teaching artists, classroom teachers, and students in Queens public schools participating in the City Lore educational programs.

The research was funded with support from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a US Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant.

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