Paige Melin

Paige Melin is a poet, editor, translator, and freelance writer from Buffalo, NY. She holds B.A.s in English and French Language and Literature from the University at Buffalo, and an M.A. in English from the University of Maine. Currently, Paige is the Education Coordinator for Explore Buffalo. In addition to her full time work, Paige is a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of WNY and Writing Instructor at the Queen City Homeschool Collective.

Paige is the curator of the 4th Friday Reading Series at Dog Ears Bookstore in South Buffalo, as well as Entropy: The POETEXPO held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. She serves as the Board Secretary for the AIDS Plus Fund of WNY and as a member of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Poetry Committee.

Art Forms: Literary


​Writing for Survival: Poetry as a Means of Making Sense of Our Lives

For all of recorded history, humans have used poetry and stories as a way to define, express, and understand ourselves. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to experience poetry and myth as relevant, necessary pieces of our everyday lives. Through exploring the myth of Cassandra and the prophetic work of contemporary poet Kate Tempest, students will come to understand poetry and myth as vibrant practices that allow us to make sense of ourselves and the turmoil of the world around us even today.


  • The students will gain an understanding of how contemporary poetry is informed by the past.
  • The students will examine contemporary social and political issues through the lens of poetry.
  • The students will write their own poem informed by both myth and the present moment.

Grade Level: 6-12
Audience Limit: 30
Workshop cost (90 minutes to less): $196.00

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