#TeenPoetsMatter: Writing Critical Micropoems as Urban Social Critiques
Jevon Hunter, Woods-Beals Endowed Chair of Urban Education, and Gliset Colón, assistant professor in exceptional education, were awarded the 2021 English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The Edwin M. Hopkins Award is a prestigious award that recognizes the most outstanding article written by non-classroom teachers during the previous year's volume. Their article, “#TeenPoetsMatter: Writing Critical Micropoems as Urban Social Critiques,” was selected from other featured articles published during the volume year 2020-2021. In the article, Hunter and Colón argue for a novel approach to poetry writing, something they refer to as critical micropoetry, that centers the lived experiences of youth by using the local area, in this case 716, as a structure for youth to articulate problems they face as well as their solutions. "While we are truly pleased to have been selected for this award," said Hunter, "we are more than thrilled and humbled to know that our work honors local youth as they live, learn, and love in the city of Buffalo."