Teach Issue 9

cover of The Common Issue 9, showing a crumpled piece of paperWhy Teach The Common?

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A classroom subscription includes two issues for every student, and an in-person or Skype visit from Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker or a participating author.

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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 09 are listed below.


Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Marni Berger discuss the stenography of poetry and the “beautiful challenge” of geography as “fate.” Phillips’s poem “The First Last Light in the Sky” appears in Issue 09.

Jacqueline Pope and Marni Berger discuss the culture of language, humanity’s relationship to nature, and what it means to view the world from “up high.” Pope’s poems “Bone Almanac” and “Some Proof of Love” appear in Issue 09.

Richard Michelson and Marni Berger discuss how Quebec City’s “Ice Hotel” inspired a poem—and how a childhood in East New York, Brooklyn, inspired a lifetime of work in multiple genres and disciplines. Michelson’s poem “The Ice Hotel” appears in Issue 09.


Contributors in Conversation

Literary Translation

Explore these collected resources on literary translation.

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