Offices: Located in the historic Flat Iron Building at 20 Battery Park Avenue in
downtown Asheville, NC.
Principals: Bob Falls:
Founder of Poetry Alive!
BS and an MA from Virginia Tech.
He has performed and conducted workshops since 1984. He has taught at both the high
school and college levels.
BA, MPA from the University of Memphis.
Joined Poetry Alive! in 1990. He taught extensively in adult Continuing Education and at
the college level.
BA from Western Washington University.
Educator, poet, actor and musician who has presented performances and workshops across
the country. She also taught performance and writing workshops in Seattle.
Since 1984, Poetry Alive! has produced educational performances for student audiences
throughout the United States and beyond. Poetry Alive! couples poem performance of
curriculum-based literature with both in-class workshops for students and in-service
workshops for faculty. A two-person "team" of professional performers conducts
both the performances and the workshops. Poetry Alive! has 5 or 6 teams touring throughout
the school year depending on the schedule. Team members are college graduates with degrees
ranging from Fine Arts to Education. Many are former educators. Student audiences range
from kindergarten through the university level. A typical 35-50 minute show includes 20-25
poems tailored to fit the ages and interests of the audience. The poems, memorized and
performed theatrically, are found in popular textbooks and anthologies. Our shows change
each year and the current year show list is sent out in advance of the visit. Special
requests are honored when possible. Adult performances are also available.
Poetry Alive! has been active in providing instructional workshops for national,
regional, state and local organizations (and affiliates) such as the National Council of
Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association (IRA), Teachers Applying
Whole Language (TAWL), the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Middle
School Association (NMSA) plus numerous Literacy conferences, Arts-in-Education
conferences, Black History events, Writers conferences, cultural diversity workshops,
library events, arts festivals, etc. Poetry Alive! has performed in 48 of the 50 states,
Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, South Korea and Peru.
Each school year, Poetry Alive! conducts approximately 2500
performances, over 900 classroom followups, and 250 teacher workshops for an estimated
600,000 students nationwide.
Poetry Alive! has also worked with NCTE, ALA, IRA and TAWL groups in states such as Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Saipan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.