enjoy meeting the young people who read my books.
I have been making author visits and presentations
for years in schools, libraries, young author
celebrations, and teaching conferences.
Meanwhile, if you are interested in booking me
for an appearance,
please send me an email using the contact page.
GENERAL AUDIENCE SHOW
Allan performs poetry from memory in the tradition
of the Appalachian storytellers. His set is minimal,
usually just a simple table and chair. He typically
opens with a high-energy introductory poem, followed
by a montage of shorter pieces in a wide variety
of styles and subjects. Then he'll speak to the
audience informally between clusters of poems connected
by theme. One moment he will whisper a heart-felt
story in verse. The next moment he will transform
himself into a hungry Tyrannosaur driving a Volkswagen.
He will rattle off a hip-hop piece and segue into
a quiet sonnet. Then he'll pick up his guitar to
add background to his spoken words, or sing a song
about Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe. And from
beginning to end, Wolf gradually reveals the mission
he is on, urging audience members to be aware of
the poems lurking at their elbows.
FAMILY AUDIENCE SHOW
Wolf's presentations for families are in the same
dynamic style and format as his presentations for
general audiences. The greatest difference will
be the subject matter and poem selection. While
Wolf's general shows may contain mature themes and
language, his family shows do not. With nearly a
thousand poems committed to memory, Wolf has deep
pockets, allowing him to tailor his presentations
for each individual audience. Family shows usually
contain more participation and call & response.
Wolf is aware that family audiences contain future
poets, so he makes a point of speaking about the
joys of writing and living the poet's life.
Wolf loves to visit with schools, classes, book
clubs, and other groups who have read his books.
A day of Author Visits tends to be informal although
it may include more formalized presentations as
well. Wolf will share the story of how he came to
write one or more of his books. He'll describe his
writing process, answer questions, and sign books.
New Found Land and The Blood-Hungry Spleen both
have accompanying Curriculum Guides with study questions,
suggested activities, plus information and secrets
behind the making of the books.
Allan facilitates poetry writing workshops with
young people and adults. Activities fall into seven
categories: Closed Form; Open Form (Free Verse);
Prompts & Jumpstarts; Form (shaping); Revision;
Presenting Poems; and How to Live the Poet's Life.
Please see Allan Wolf's Poetry Writing Workshop
Menu of Seven Basic Options for a more detailed
description of each menu item.
POETRY PERFORMANCE CLINICS
Active Voice: Experiencing Poetry through Presentation
Participants learn what performance poetry is and
a few theatre/presentation techniques to help them
better understand and appreciate the poems they
read. Wolf demonstrates how students can conduct
themselves in front of a group of people and find
their own personal power and charisma. Participants
learn how to transform a poem into a script and
how to put on a complete poetry extravaganza of
dramatic and stand-up verse. Allan can also conduct
this session for teachers, including classroom ideas.
TEACHER IN-SERVICES and WORKSHOPS
Allan is available for Teacher Workshops and extended
in-services that explore best practices in the teaching
of poetry. Focus varies and may include performance,
writing, reader response, content literacy, using
poetry across the curriculum, and community building.
Wolf has conducted workshops from 45 minute break-out
sessions to week-long in-services. An example syllabus
of a 5-day in-service is available on request.
Allan is available to speak to a variety of gatherings.
Allan's lectures include lots of poetry recitation
and performance. His general themes are the transforming
power of language, how we transform history and
everyday life into poetry, and how poetry can be
found literally everywhere.
Allan is available for a limited number of residencies.
These longer visits allow him to conduct a variety
of classes, performances, and activities for individual
schools, districts, writers groups, or educational
YOUNG AUTHOR CELEBRATIONS
Allan loves presenting and signing for young author
celebrations. Aside from reading and presenting
from his own books, he usually shares the story
of how he came to realize the power of writing in
LEWIS AND CLARK/HISTORY PRESENTATIONS
Wolf talks informally to smaller groups about the
Lewis and Clark Expedition which is the subject
of his young adult verse novel, New Found Land.
For older kids, adults, and teachers Allan presents
a more formal demonstration of how he transforms
history into poetry. He presents readings from the
novel and shares the artwork and original journal
entries that inspired his writing. For teachers,
Wolf also presents appropriate reading and writing
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