"The poems ... resonate with life so that the poet in all of us may sing."
-- Jeff Ostroff, Principal, Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Antrim House announces with great pleasure the publication of 'From the Front of the Classroom' by Elizabeth Thomas.
It is characteristic of the author that one of the commendations on the book's back cover is by a former student, Alex Lopez:
"Elizabeth has once again produced a work that is as beautiful as it is inspirational. She has produced a book for teachers, students and parents alike with the confidence of being an example of a woman/mother/sister/mentor who produces results. In a culture that expects results from its educators, Elizabeth Thomas has found a way to make a unique connection in her book, as in her classroom."
Another tribute comes from one of the many educators who have benefited from the brilliance of Elizabeth's work at the front of their classrooms:
"What distinguishes us as an educated society? I'd argue that it is our ability to create and appreciate art, communicate effectively with the spoken and written word, passionately embrace the beauty in our world, and confront its ugliness. The poems in this collection do all of that and more. They resonate with life so that the poet in all of us may sing." (Jeff Ostroff, Principal, Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School)
Elizabeth Thomas is a widely published poet, performer, advocate of the arts and teacher. The author of two previous poetry collections, she has read her work throughout the United States and has been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams.
In 1998 she was a member of the U.S. team that traveled to Sweden. Much of her energy and time is devoted to designing and teaching writing programs for schools and organizations in many parts of the country. These programs promote literacy and the power of the written and spoken word.
As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth Thomas is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry, a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.
Thomas has served as the Connecticut Review Poet in Residence for the Naugatuck public schools. Several of her poems were published in the Fall 2007 edition of Connecticut Review. She has also served as a judge for many years in the IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers competition.
She hosts a website at www.upwordspoetry.com.
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