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Maisha T. Winn

Name: Maisha T. Winn, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Presentation Title: "Still Writing in Rhythm: Youth Poets at Work"

Date: December 5, 2013


In this paper, Winn uses a “humanizing research” framework to analyze longitudinal data collected over the course of ten years during a multi-sited ethnography of youth poets in a poetry collective called Power Writing. Using qualitative interviews to understand the role that literacy continues to play in the lives of Power Writing Alumni, Winn asks how Power Writing functions less like a program and more like an ideology that alumni carry with them in the world. Ultimately, Winn argues that Power Writing continues to influence youth poets’ views on education as they navigate lives as college students, workers, parents and partners.