Join us on July 21st at 5pm for an evening of poetry readings by the children of Elm Tree Poetry.
About the Program:
Elm Tree Poetry is a place-based poetry program for children in and around Prospect Park. We aim to foster a positive relationship with poetry during early childhood, and to ignite an interest in the literary arts. On July 21, Unnameable Books will be hosting Elm Tree’s first poetry reading, featuring the works of our students, on subjects ranging from the personal to the political.
Founders and Teaching Artists:
Romy Feder: Romy is a co-founder of Elm Tree Poetry. She grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. in Media Studies and Creative Writing. In 2011, she received a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship and taught at the University of Costa Rica, San Jose. She led poetry workshops for students and faculty and gave lectures on North American history and culture. She is a 2013 recipient of the Truman Capote Foundation Scholarship and a Graduate Council Fellowship to study at the University of Alabama MFA in poetry. She is currently attending Hunter College for her Master's in Early Childhood Education. This upcoming school year, she will be a full-time assistant teacher at the Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School.
Rod Bastanmehr: Rod grew up in Marin County, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Film Theory and Cultural Criticism from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has been writing professionally ever since. After graduating in 2011, he worked as an Assistant Editor for a Bay Area metro newspaper before moving to New York the following year. Since arriving, he has served as a Copy Editor, a Managing Editor, and political blogger for a number of publications. He currently writes about film and media for VICE, and has contributed to The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, Los Angeles Review Of Books and more. He has been nannying in and around Park Slope for over two years, caring for children as young as six-months and as old as twelve. He’s excited for the chance to gallivant around the park with precocious kids.
Sally Rodgers: Sally is a co-founder of Elm Tree Poetry. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. For the past two years, she has taught at the elementary and middle school levels with the IDEA School in Tucson, Arizona. In the fall, she will begin a new position as the Executive Director at a literary arts nonprofit called Casa Libre. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, she worked for two years as a preschool teacher at Tucson’s Second Street Children’s School. Her tenure at Second Street ended with a move to Alabama where she received her MFA in poetry. She founded the University of Alabama Writers in the Schools Program with her friend Kenny Kruse. In this program, she acted as both Associate Director and Director of Curriculum.