For ages 13-18+

Veteran New York slam poet Joanna Hoffman explores her journey through poetry, what poetry means to her and what poetry could hopefully mean for you. In this event, Joanna discusses the import role of poetry in human connection and how poetry allows us to give voice to identity through verse, including her own personal story and how coming out as a lesbian has informed the themes of her work.

Funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, our poetry programme is packed full of inspiration for budding bards and reluctant readers. Content is suitable for students in KS3, KS4 or A/S & A level.

For each or our themed days children can take part in an exciting competition tailored to their Key Stage/ age. For more information, view our competition packs linked below:

Secondary Poetry Day Competition Pack

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About The Poet

Joanna Hoffman

Joanna Hoffman is a poet, former international slam finalist and Capturing Fire slam champion. Her book Running for Trap Doors was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and featured in the American Library Association’s list of recommended LGBT reading. In 2015, she was named a White House Champion of Change for LGBT advocacy through art.