“Education is the miracle. I’m just the worker. I’m a teacher. And that’s what we do.”
Taylor Mali measures his life in a variety of ways: He has 11 years of experience as a professional spoken word artist; he has two books and three cats; for 10 months, he was the official voice of Burger King; he was a national poetry slam champion four times; three times he appeared on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam; for nine years he taught college, high school, and middle school; and once, in a single SCRABBLE game, he earned a score of 581; but MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL, after hearing his work, 850 people have told him they will now become teachers. Please help me welcome the man who wants to create one thousand new teachers, Taylor Mali, as he performs the poem “Miracle Workers” in this video.
— From “How to Introduce Taylor Mali“. We also like that Taylor is one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.
Photo by Peter Dressell. “Miracle Workers” used with permission. www.taylormali.com