a curriculum vitae

Tara Betts


B.A. Communication, 1992-1997
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois


1999 Poets & Writers grant
2000 Ragdale Foundation fellow
1999 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award
Dean's List
Student Affairs Student Life Award
Loyola Scholar, 4 years
Illinois College Press Award


Guild Complex, Summer 2000
Instructor for the workshop "Sister Poets: Recurrent Themes in Black Women's Poetry" where participants will read and discuss the work of Black female poets. The readings will offer the focus for the writing exercises assigned and critiqued in workshop format.

Gallery 37/Young Chicago Authors/Guild Complex, Summer 2000
Co-Lead Artist, co-wrote 8-week curriculum for the upcoming "Performance Poetry" Downtown program incorporating theater games, poetry workshop and a survey of the oral tradition in poetry.

Young Chicago Authors, 1999-present
Instructor, "Hip Hop Meets Poetry," collaborated with a co-instructor to design a 9-week curriculum connecting hip hop music to various literary concepts and structures

Co-instructor, afterschool performance poetry workshop at Harper High School, compiling work for an anthology as a culminating project, co-coordinating readings at Boulevard Arts Center Part-time Editor for Young Chicago Authors participant work

PEACH Club, 1999-2000
Instructor, creative writing workshops at staff in-service, family events and with Otis Elementary School students

Gallery 37/Young Chicago Authors, Summer 1999
Teaching Assistant, co-wrote 8-week creative nonfiction curriculum, completed proposal for the curriculum, and compiled time sheets, student evaluations, discipline reports

PACE Institute/Cook County Jail, Women's Division 4, 1998-1999
Volunteer Assistant Instructor with Women Writers Workshop

North Lawndale Learning Community (NLC Art), 1997-1999
Resident Artist in Creative Writing at Lathrop Academy, Paderewski and Pope Elementary Schools

Integrated Arts, Integrating Education, 1997-1998
Artist/Teacher, AmeriCorps Member at Otis Elementary, Peabody Elementary, Wells Academy High School and Northwestern Settlement House, Camp Counselor at House in the Wood camp, performed and wrote original work for Settlement House events, edited poetry written in several youth-oriented programs






posted June 2000