Former middle school teacher and teachers' advocate Taylor Mali struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make - a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali's sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today.
"Why I am a teacher."
The evolution of Taylor Mali the poet could be measured in the number of people his poetry has directly inspired to be teachers. Or the increasing cast of high school and college-age students who perform his words in forensic competitions. This is Taylor in his element: performing in front of live and writhing audiences demanding and receiving all the rough, raw, and authentic passion of Taylor Mali's poetry.
"Taylor Mali is a genius"
Taylor's first live spoken-word collection since 2003, Icarus Airlines, contains 34 poems.
Taylor's first live spoken-word collection since 2003, Icarus Airlines, contains 34 poems, including this one by Billy Collins.
"First time I listen to a Poem!"