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This event is generously sponsored in part by the Associated Students of College of the Redwoods, College of the Redwoods Foundation, and the
McLean Foundation.

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Eureka Campus Performing Arts Theater

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reading begins at 7:00 pm 


Suggested donation of $5.00 for students (with student ID) and $10 for general admission


Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.

Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his 12-year long Quest for One Thousand Teachers, completed in April of 2012, helped create 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance,” an achievement Mali commemorated by donating 12″ of his hair to the American Cancer Society.

Taylor Mali is the author most recently of “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World” (Putnam 2012) as well as two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002). He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival.

Copies of his book What Teachers Make will be available in advance of the event at the campus bookstore.  In addition, books, CDs, and DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.  Taylor Mali will be happy to sign books after the event.


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