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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Poetic Literacy: Creating Lifelong Learners and Writers

Kevin Boyle.

This paper examines an expanded notion of literacy: poetic literacy. As a teacher of creative writing, I am constantly trying to create a basic level of poetic literacy in my students who are genuine lovers of cinema, television and prose, but not poetry. In my paper I will examine ways to create and develop this level of literacy in a multicultural fashion, using poets from a variety of times and places, from Neruda to Heaney. The goal of this new literacy is to create a group of lifelong lovers (of poetry!), and lifelong producers of new work. By inculcating a new level of identity and experience through poetry, the hope is that a new cultural identity will be shaped by something in addition to mass culture.


Kevin Boyle  (United States)
Associate Professor of English
English Department
Elon University

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin Boyle earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, MA from Boston University, MFA and PHD from the University of Iowa. He has been teaching for 25 years. He has published more than fifty poems.

  • Poetry
  • Poetic Literacy

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)