180 Days: Reflections and Observations of a Teacher is a collection of poems from several different facets of being a teacher: first as a teacher and observer of the profession and students; as a continuing learner with students at the Young Authors Conference; as school documentarian and historian; and as a mentor, highlighting the work of his students. The book takes the reader from schools in the heart of the inner city to the suburbs, from the classroom to subbing for Special Ed.reflecting the variety of challenges and joys that make up a teacher's day. Stan Kusunoki is a High Potential teacher is Shakopee, MN. As a poet, he has taught workshops for children at The Loft, S.A.S.E., The Write Place, and through programs of the Perpich Center for Arts in Education. He was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board ""Cultural Collaborations"" grant to write and perform ""Berengia, the Land Bridge Project"" with performance poet Jamison Mahto. This is his first collection of poems.
Mary Jo Thompson consults, teaches, coaches, and facilitates professional development for teachers and artists at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, A Minnesota state agency, and elsewhere. She led the ARTFUL Teaching and Learning project, a joint effort of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the Perpich Center and is lead author of the ARTFUL Teaching and Learning Handbook. Her poetry collection, Stunt Heart, explores themes related to orders of love and utterance. The book is anchored by a sonnet series that was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2011 after first appearing in Beloit Poetry Journal. Thompson has been awarded a residency at the Anderson Center in Minnesota and a fellowship from the Jerome Foundation to create poetry installations at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.