Danielle Georges

Professor

Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle teaches in the Creative Arts in Learning Division. Currently, Danielle is Poet Laureate of the City of Boston. The City’s Poet Laureate is tasked with raising the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians, acting as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creating a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment.

On Arts and Education

Why are the arts important in education?  The majority of the students I work with here at Lesley are practicing teachers seeking a broader understanding of how to enhance instructional practices in their areas of concentration.  We explore how the various art forms, especially poetry and writing helps create critical thinkers, educators, and human beings.  My students are doing the great work of teaching not only our future readers and writers, but future our nurses, engineers, social and cultural workers, scientists, and beyond.  The arts create powerful pathways through which educators can reach all kinds of learners.

Teaching Philosophy Notes

I believe that all students can learn and that most subjects are teachable provided the appropriate connections are made. I believe that to be an effective educator, one must also be a learner.  What students bring to the classroom, I feel, should be part of what teachers consider in working with curriculum.  Learning should be connected to the real lives of students.  I feel that educators should bring to learning a number of “vocabularies” that allow for the recognition of student strengths, experiences, and challenges—and with which to explore content. I see the practice of interdisciplinarity as a real strength in the classroom.  Education, for me, does not happen only in schools—and educators should take advantage of what is available beyond classroom walls, in the virtual and “real” worlds. I feel students should be encouraged to play active roles in their learning, and that teachers should help students do this.  It’s important to me that students be involved in their own assessment whenever possible. I feel that while theory can precede practice; practice often precedes theory—and that effective teaching works moving in both directions.

Finally, and often first, I draw on the theoretical frameworks and approaches of the arts traditions: arts and education, the fine arts, and arts integration.  I feel that the arts allow us to experience different perspectives in powerful ways, and allow students to appreciate and reconsider boundaries of identity, culture, and perceived or understood ability.  I feel art is a powerful tool for inquiry, reflection, and knowing; and that art practice allows for critical engagement and the development of valuable critical skills—in essence they operate as epistemology.  I feel that art allows for complexity in the complex world that students inhabit; that we all inhabit.

Education

BS, Communication Studies, Emerson College
MFA English, Creative Writing, New York University
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Emerson College

Selected Publications

  • Books of Poetry:  Maroon (Curbstone Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street, 2016) 
  • Forthcoming Chapbook of Poetry:  Letter from Léo (Central Square Press, 2017) 
  • Poetry has appeared many literary journals and publications including Agni, The Boston Globe, Transition, World Literature Today, SpoKe, sx salon, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo, Ibbetson Street, Salamander, Poiesis, Black Renaissance Noire, Macomère, The American Poetry Review 
  • Poetry has appeared in many anthologies including Haiti Noir 2:  The Classics (ed. Edwidge Danticat); There’s No Place on Earth Like the World:  Compost—12 years of art, literature & ideas, (eds. Kevin Gallagher and Margaret Bezucha); Roll Call:  A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature and Art (eds. Tony Medina, Samiya Bashir and Quraysh Lansana); Beyond the Frontier:  African-American Poetry for the 21st Century (ed. E. Ethelbert Miller); Bum Rush the Page:  A Def Poetry Jam, (eds. Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera); The Butterfly’s Way:  Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, (ed. Edwidge Danticat); and Step Into a World:  A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, (ed. Kevin Powell).
  • Poetry References in The Bill Moyers Journal program, The Voice of American program, National Public Radio and others
  • Poems have been translated into Italian, French, Chinese by several translators; set to music by Berklee School of Music Professor Lucy Holstedt; appeared on the MBTA through the Mass Poetry Poetry on the T program; as well as appeared in multi-media projects.   
  • Essays and reviews published in The Women’s Review of Books, Sojourner, Encarta Africana, Mass Poetry website, Consequence, The Boston Haitian Reporter, Others Will Enter the Gates:  Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun); Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott); Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight), and others 
  • Essay forthcoming in Into English: An Anthology of Multiple Translations (eds. Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins)

Awards

Recent Literary and Academic Awards include:

  • 2015 Brother Thomas Artist Fellowship (in area of poetry) and Grant
  • 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry and Grant
  • 2013 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship / Andrew W. Mellon Grant 
  • 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist in Poetry and Grant
  • Lesley University Faculty Development and Russell Grants

Recent Collaborations, Civic Awards, and Commissions include:

  • 2016 City of Boston Public Space Invitational Grant for Real People, Real Stories: Mattapan Project
  • 2016 Trustees of Reservations Commission
  • 2016 Meeting House Lyceum Project at the Old Manse Historic Landmark Commission
  • 2016 Boston Public Library Renovation Commission
  • 2016 Boston Raining Poetry Project
  • 2015-16 Curation of Poetry Events for Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Black Mountain College Exhibition
  • Invitational National and International Academic and Artistic Presentations including in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Haiti, Barbados, Colombia, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan