Maine
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Brian Evans-Jones

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.

I Have Worked With

  • August 2016

    Brian is registered as a Teaching Artist on the New Hampshire Arts in Education roster.

  • May 2016

    Brian is registered on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. He ran a series of poetry workshops at high schools in Washington County in fall 2016 to help students there get to grips with the knowledge and skills required for success in Poetry Out Loud.

  • September 2015

    Brian is a Lead Teaching Artist for the Telling Room and has led writing residencies in schools in Portland, Wells, and Kittery. He has worked with grades 3-8 and taught poetry and personal stories. The residencies include the creation of chapbooks of student work and field trips to the Telling Room's location in Portland, ME.

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Brian
Job Title/Position: 
Poet
Physical Address: 
5 Nealley St
South Berwick, ME 03908
Last Name: 
Evans-Jones
Phone: 
(603) 988-5398

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Literature - Poetry
Additional Disciplines: 
Literature - General
Literature - Fiction
Literature - Non-Fiction
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
52
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
Education: 
MFA in Writing from University of New Hampshire, 2016
BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Warwick, U.K., 2005
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Literature
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$120
Fee Range Maximum: 
$400