My friend Peggy Simmons, who is also employed at Oakland Public Library as an assistant has volunteered for many years for the Beat Within. She also runs her amazing writing groups Green Windows offering growth, healing, empowerment, self-discovery, and community to diverse writers, prioritizing those needing the most support including low-literacy, low-income, and at-risk youth and adults. She is awesome! We have combined forces and here is a short list of books. Hopefully we’ll have the time to expand…..
Books with writing tips, exercises and prompts
Writing down the bones : freeing the writer within: Goldberg, Natalie
* Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write: Hanley, Victoria
The Practice of poetry : writing exercises from poets who teach: edited by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell.
Writing alone and with others: Pat Schneider
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life: Natalie Goldberg
What if? : writing exercises for fiction writers: Anne Bernays, Pamela Painter
Brave new voices : the Youth Speaks guide to teaching spoken-word poetry: Jen Weiss, Scott Herndon
Poetry to use as prompts and inspiration
You can take any poem or any part of any poem and write from any memory, image or feeling that comes to mind. It is also fun to just play with words and phrases and images that strike you for whatever reasons. It can also be important to see how diverse in structure and style poetry can be.
From totems to hip-hop: edited by Ishmael Reed
Unsettling America : an anthology of contemporary multicultural poetry: edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan 014023778X
*Time you let me in : 25 poets under 25: selected by Naomi Shihab Nye 0061896373
Listen up! : spoken word poetry: edited by Zoë Anglesey
Pistols & prayers : a collection of poems / prayers / journal entries / rhymes and anecdotes: Ise Lyfe
The 100 best African American poems : edited by Nikki Giovanni.
Black out loud; an anthology of modern poems by Black Americans: Arnold Adoff
Devorah Major’s poems and books: Street Smarts and With More than Tongue
Luis Rodriguez poems and books
For visual prompts
First Exposures (photos): Dave Eggers.
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats or anything by Peter Menzel