Jesse Gottschalk
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Artist Statement & Biography
Poetry lets you break language down to its simplest pieces, then pick and choose among them to construct a package for your ideas and themes. I tend to write for teachers and children – partly a side effect of being an elementary school teacher – though I do write for all audiences as well. I love working on interesting requests.
I am a poet and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, I have lived in Philadelphia for nearly a decade and am currently a 4th grade teacher in Philadelphia public schools. In my off time, I direct a summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina. I am a member of ...
Artist StatementPoetry lets you break language down to its simplest pieces, then pick and choose among them to construct a package for your ideas and themes. I tend to write for teachers and children – partly a side effect of being an elementary school teacher – though I do write for all audiences as well. I love working on interesting requests.
Artist BiographyI am a poet and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, I have lived in Philadelphia for nearly a decade and am currently a 4th grade teacher in Philadelphia public schools. In my off time, I direct a summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and have written over 200 poems.
Education
University of Pennsylvania|Graduated
Swarthmore College|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Other than writing? I love inventing meals, playing music with friends, and spending time in the mountains. I'm a dedicated activist for public education, and spend a lot of time working with teachers, parents, and community members standing up for public schools.
What I Find Beautiful
Community is the heart of everything for me. I am inspired and made joyful when I am in the presence of people coming together in common cause, mutual support, and love.
My Favorite Memory
Three trees along the banks of a creek, their trunks joining to create a gently contoured backrest. Because I once found this spot, I remember that I can find peace. Because only one tree remains, I remember appreciation for the transient. Because I left it covered in bug bites, I remember that nature wasn't created for me, and it's my duty to find perfection in it anyway.
My Favorite Art Style
Art is about experience, and I love theatre that takes advantage of the in-person, in-the-moment nature of theatrical performance to create a performance that truly experiential. If you've never been to a theatre production that allows you to walk around or make decisions about how to interact with it, then I hope you will someday soon.
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