Clayton Scott

Clayton Scott

Northwest Region
Fayetteville, Arkansas
[email protected]

Improve students' "style" in writing and help them to learn how to be better all-around communicators – those are the primary goals of Clayton's presentation. Through energetic and innovative teaching approaches, he inspires students in creative writing by using poetry as the vehicle. Students get excited about writing, teachers are encouraged and feel that the required Arkansas Frameworks have been taught, and principals are pleased that an artist has helped his or her teachers and students. Oh, and when you have Clayton at your school, get ready for a movement through Slam Poetry. Many schools are making it an all school annual event!! "One of the most inspirational presentations seen in my 33 years of teaching. He brought poetry alive for the whole school." Carolyn Tarver, English teacher, Greenwood High School "An extraordinary talent with the ability to capture the attention of all levels of students." Jerry Valentine, Principal, Alma High School Available to conduct teacher workshops.


Clayton Scott is the former  Poet Laureate of Fayetteville, Arkansas and the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Arts Award for Arts in Education. He has also served as the emcee for the annual Arkansas Poetry Out Loud state contest since 2006. He has an MFA in Writing and a B.S. in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and went on to teach school. For the last eleven years he has dedicated his efforts to help students across Arkansas heighten their skills in writing and speaking. During his tireless work in out state, he has taught an amazing 150,000 students, who have in turn written 450,000 poems.

Completed the professional development workshop, Arts Inclusion: Engaging Special Needs Students in Your Residencies, presented by Richard Jenkins on May 19, 2012.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All ages
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Student literature books, writing supplies, scrap paper, marker board, overhead projector or document camera.