Teaching Artist Statement

The poem outlives the poet. In my workshops, I emphasize the creation of art: its inspiration, its drafting, and its polishing. My goal is for participants to recognize they are already using language in creative ways.

As a poet who writes in narrative, I encourage participants to use the substance of their life as material for poetry. I love both the stage and the page, which means that during workshops I incorporate spoken word, videos, and text to show poetry’s scope and possibility. Notions of what poetry should be are irrelevant to my mission; instead, participants walk away with a wider definition of what poetry can be.

Workshop History

Claudia has led workshops for many occasions in classroom and slam event settings, including the HyperBole 2018. She leads workshops throughout the year for youth ages 12 and up.

  • Poetry Instructor at LAYC’s 2nd Nature program, middle school and high school. Group size: 6. Summer 2018.
  • “An Introduction to Poetry” at Casa Chirilagua for middle school students.  Topics covered: form, social justice, language. Group size: 7-9. June 2018.
  • Five workshops for Community Builders program at George Washington Middle School.  Topics covered: spoken word, public speaking, figurative language. Group size: 18-20. Spring 2018.
  • “The Poem and the Immigrant Poet” at the HyperBole for high school and college age students. Topics covered: DACA, TPS, language. Group size: 15-18. February 2018.