Brian Evans-Jones is a poet and teacher who has inspired and guided writers of all ages. Originally from Britain, where he served as Poet Laureate of the region of Hampshire, Brian moved to Maine in 2014. He was awarded his MFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, and his poetry has appeared in magazines, competitions, and art shows in America and in Britain. In 2017 he was selected as the poetry winner of the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.
Brian has been teaching poetry and creative writing since 2005. During that time has led workshops, classes, and residencies in schools, colleges, summer schools, libraries, historic houses, a prison, community projects, and more besides. In 2016 he was juried onto the state Teaching Artist rosters of both Maine and New Hampshire. He has led several school residencies and also leads adult workshops and classes. He has taught creative writing for the Open University and Winchester University in Britain, and from fall 2017 he will be teaching creative writing at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH.
Brian seeks to show his students the sheer pleasure of writing, through surprising and thought-provoking exercises, collaborations, and innovative ways to present their work. He also strives to give students lasting skills for creativity and an increased belief in themselves as users of language. Brian is particularly interested in projects that use poetry with students who find language and writing difficult; in projects that cross curriculum areas, such as STEAM; and in cross-genre art projects.
Brian offers residencies, workshops, readings, mentorship programs, and lectures. He has worked with grades pre-K to 12, college students, adults, families, youth at risk, prisoners, people with disabilities, and people in institutions. His usual day fee is $400, with a half-day fee of $250. Other teaching and lectures are $120/hour. Readings are negotiable. Please include a consideration for travel.