Sara Holbrook & Michael Salinger


Partners-in Rhyme, Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are teaching artists who inspire and engage students as those writers build literacy skills and find their own voices.  Prior to entering the field of education, both spent time in the business world writing work instructions and technical writing (Michael) and speeches, press releases and brochures (Sara), in today’s educational jargon: informational text.  Both believe strongly that writing and performing poetry made them stronger communicators.  Together they provide professional development for teachers, conduct classroom writing and public speaking workshops, are frequent conference speakers, and provide edu-taining assemblies for kids.  They have visited schools in over 30 countries and have extensive experience writing with second language learners.

Sara Holbrook is a full time educator, author/poet and consultant who brings practical knowledge to the classroom helping students to develop the complex thinking and literacy skills.  With over 30 years’ experience as a writer in the fields of education, law, public housing, and drug prevention, she has been teaching in classrooms around the US and abroad for over 20 years. The author of more than a dozen books for children, adults and teachers, she is an award-winning performance poet and the author of Practical Poetry: A Non-standard Approach to Meeting Content Area Standards (Heinemann). 

Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 30 years. After a 23 year stint as a quality engineer for an automotive component manufacturer (while simultaneously feeding his avocation for writing) he has transitioned to a career as a full time writer and workshop facilitator. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published in the U.S.A. and Canada. Eight time captain and coach of the Cleveland Poetry Slam team that represented the city at the National Poetry Slam competition, he has also served as an educational consultant and board member to Poetry Slam, Inc., the governing body of Poetry Slams across the country. Michael is the author of the award winning young adult poetry collection, Well Defined, Vocabulary in Rhyme as well as several collections of adult poetry.

Together they are the authors of:
  • High Impact Writing Clinics: 20 Projectable Lessons for Building Literacy Across Content Areas. (Corwin, 2013)
  •  High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary-Building Strategies Across Genres and Subjects (Heinemann)
  • Outspoken! How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance (Heinemann) 

For more information about their dynamite and dynamic work, check out their Padlet: click here

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