Taylor Mali:: Inspiring Poet:: Inspiring 1000 New Teachers
Taylor Mali: an Introduction
Taylor Mali is a teacher turned poet who has made it his goal to inspire 1000 people to become teachers. When I stumbled onto Mr.Mali 4 months ago I fell in love. I know that probably sounds insane, but there it is. I love truth and honesty, and you won't find a more honest poet than this.
We, as writers, reveal so much of our souls that many become reclusive. We are open books baring our inner workings and people become burdens at times. I have friends, but if they don't read my writing I feel slighted and if they do I feel exposed. So much easier to bare your soul under a false name, or worse to create a fiction to hide your soul in. That is what creative writers do.
Taylor Mali is so much more than I could ever hope to be, in that he not only writes what he feels, but he can stand in front of hundreds of people, and read his words out loud. He exposes himself to his public, and he is present when he does it, not hiding on the other side of a computer screen.
Then he has it filmed and puts it on YouTube, so that when he speaks of being a teacher, or a reader, or in love, or of losing love, he is there with you, telling you first hand what he felt, or feels.
When he tells his stories, true life stories, you are in the presence of greatness. The artist speaks to you. This is not like a record album, or a painting, this is not like a book, this is reality. You are comforted in that you are not alone as you experience Taylor Mali. He's there with you, after all, telling you the story.
I have chosen carefully the videos. I hope, yet again, that you will watch them. I am a writer but not married to my words, and this is about Taylor Mali and his great work, not me, not my meager writing.
Taylor Mali is determined to inspire 1000 people to become teachers. He says that when that happens he will cut his hair and donate it to Locks of Love in memory of a seventh grade student who died of Leukemia.
I bring you these videos to tell the story of Taylor Mali and his labors of love.
I am sure you can remember a teacher who, for whatever reason, made a huge difference in your life. I know that I do. There was the teacher who made me a writer, for one. she was amazing. I will never forget her, and now you know it comes full circle. She taught me to write, edit and rewrite. She had us stand in front of the class at the beginning of the year and read out loud. We had to choose a poem or song, turn it in for approval, and then read it in front of the class. By the end of the year we would read our own work in front of the class.
Needless to say, this did not bode well for me. I still can't read aloud in front of a group of people.
Ironically or maybe not so ironic at that, Taylor Mali reads aloud. Of course I love him, he is everything I can't be.
Works by Taylor Mali
If I could Teach
If I could stand up in front of a crowd and teach them something I would want to teach like Taylor Mali.
Taylor Mali teaches by telling a story, by entertaining us. He teaches with wit and sarcasm, so that we don't forget what we've learned. He taught me that sometimes sharing the inspiration is all that matters.
If I could teach I would, but I can't get in front of a group. I teach occasionally, one on one, in my class. Sometimes one student or another just doesn't get or doesn't remember a formula to get the answer or the "trick" to remembering the formula. I do that, I teach them what I can.
I write on Hub Pages and try each time to teach you what I can.
The world is a place of endless opportunity, it is a magical place where all of your needs can be met. If you can plant a seed and water it so that it grows, give it light and protection, you can feed yourself forever. If you can teach someone to plant a garden then they can feed their family. If you can teach a village to plant crops and irrigate them, you can end starvation in that village.
The global village is starving. The children are suffering. The world needs inspired teachers. If you can, please, decide to teach. Be a Teacher. Make a difference, create the future.
About Taylor Mali
Taylor Mali was born in 1965, his mother wrote children's books, while his father's company manufactured Pool Tables. After an extensive education and nine years of teaching, he acquired a grant and developed a one man show called "Teacher, Teacher" about poetry, teaching and math. He is married to Marie-Elizabeth Mali, and they have a piece performed together as a duet on his YouTube Channel.
Having "retired" from competition in poetry slams five years ago, it came as a huge surprise to me that today, as I am writing about Taylor Mali, I learn that he is competing yet again. Tonight at Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. If you can't make it, you can still catch the show. According to Taylor Mali's blog, at 7:00 pm tonight EST at www.bowerypoetrylive.com, you can watch the slam! (Estimated start time of the slam is 7:30.) (September 7, 2010)
Joining The Bowery Club and making a donation from $5.00 to $25.00 will allow them to keep this live stream of all their shows up and running.
You can find out more about Taylor Mali and add your name to his list of 1000 teachers at his official web site Taylor Mali.com.