On October 6, 2015, Humanities Texas hosted a one-day teacher workshop at the Byrne-Reed House in Austin on strategies for teaching and understanding poetry.

At the workshop, faculty and participants examined poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ted Kooser, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Kay Ryan, and Mary Oliver, among others. The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars and writers and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities, with special attention given to teaching critical reading skills.

Workshop faculty included Betty Sue Flowers (The University of Texas at Austin), Naomi Shihab Nye (Academy of American Poets), Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin), and Rosemary Catacalos, the 2013 Texas Poet Laureate.

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