Poetry soothes soul, improves teaching

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Tom Zimmerman reviews a student’s work at the WCC writing center. Photo by Kimberly A. Borecki-Troiano

Long-time English faculty member Tom Zimmerman is a man of his words.

Between teaching English and literature at Washtenaw Community College for the past 23 years and serving as faculty advisor for the poetry club, editor at The Huron River Review, and director at the writing center, it’s hard to believe that Zimmerman has any time to create, but when he does, he turns to poetry.

“It’s one of the most important things in my life. It enriches everything that I do,” Zimmerman said. “I think it improves my teaching and gives me some extra insight while helping students with their writing because I’m in it myself.”

Over the course of his 30-year career, Zimmerman has had more than 600 poems published in several poetry magazines, including Big River Poetry Review, Curio, Rasputin, Antiphon and most recently, The Sacred Cow.

Read the rest [here].

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