AHA Welcomes Poet to School

March, 2015 

Academy of the Holy Angels AP English students recently welcomed Jasmine V. Bailey to class to share her insights on poetry and the writing process. Ms. Bailey is a published poet and the winner of the 2009 Longleaf Prize for her chapbook Sleep and What Precedes It. She read selections of poems from her recently published collection entitled Alexandria and answered questions from the students on a variety of subjects. In response to what inspires her writing she counseled the girls “teach yourselves to like or at least appreciate everything.” She also gave sound advice about the writing process and noted that the hardest thing is not to judge oneself too harshly, saying that “Writing often and allowing yourself to do it badly will help your writing to improve.”Ms. Bailey received her BA degree in Creative Writing from Colgate University and pursued her graduate studies at The University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoynes Fellow in Poetry. She taught English in Santa Rosa, Argentina as a Fulbright Scholar, received the Olive B. O’Connor fellowship at Colgate University in 2014 and currently teaches in Colgate University Studies department. 



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