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New Hampshire Artist Roster

Rick Agran


I believe in a playful, exploratory approach to language. As a practicing poet and artist, I create and discover images, explore ideas and experiment with modes of verbal and visual communication. I've worked in words, in silver, in recorded sound, in photos, in multimedia, and in two & three dimensional art. I work and teach as an ally to children and as an ambassador for literacy and personal eloquence. As a role model, a teacher, and a facilitator of creativity, my goal is to help learners share and explore the intertwined worlds of poetry, creativity, and image-making. I published Pumpkin Shivaree, a picture book for children, which I've used in residencies and read to thousands of children in the last decade. My collection of poems is entitled Crow Milk and Garrison Keillor has featured its poems on PRI's The Writer's Almanac and chosen it's poems for his Great Poems American Places anthology. I've taught artists to write and think at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Missouri School of Journalism, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Heartwood College of Art. I spent three years as Poet in Residence at Plymouth State University. I teach at Johnson State College and am assistant Poetry editor of the Green Mountains Review.

Programs offered: My primary work is in Poetry Writing and Image-Making through short and long-term school/community writing residencies. Students experience writing creatively and reading literature critically. They will write in drafts, explore "voices" and present their work. I work with classes of creative writers and groups of aspiring poets. I also conduct poetry readings, author visits, keynotes, art shows and young author nights. Most residencies incorporate professional development for teachers and can easily accommodate a school's core themes and principles.

Populations served: I work with 2nd through 8th graders usually, but I welcome all learners, grades, ages, and abilities. Basic reading and writing skills are preferred, but not essential. I have UDL experience and have worked with folks with IEPs.

Availability: New Hampshire, Vermont and New England are ideal places to work., I'm available in summer too.

Fees: Simple day-long visits are generally $375-500. Performances, readings and talks are $50-$300. I will sometimes donate a visit as an in-kind grant match. Professional development for teachers, master classes, and poetry workshops are $150 per hour. Collaborations, special projects and residencies are all designed with specific students, their teachers and administrators in mind and hence are negotiable (with mileage and lodging included as needed). I've served the NH and VT State Councils on the Arts in their Arts in Education programs and worked with the Children's Literacy Foundation. I'm a Vermont Arts Council "Arts Connect" fellow with specific training in Arts Education inclusivity through Universal Design for Learning principles. All three organizations provide grant funding to enable me to visit your school or community.

Contact Information:
PO Box 22
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: 603/536-9050
Alt. Phone: 603/536-9050

Notes: I love consulting with artists and educators on interdisciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Exploring arts-integrated and arts-enhanced curricula across disciplines is highly desirable. I enjoy collaborations with other teachers, artists, poets, musicians, and journalists. Let me hear your ideas for developing creative arts experiences for your students and teachers. I hope to talk with you soon.

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