"Parker is a linguistic gourmet chef that chooses words to create a delicacy for the reader to consume and digest until full from pure poetic sustenance"
Raised by strong
who whispered in my baby ears
“You will go to college”
So I did.
Snatched an ECSU Bachelors of English and a
Sacred Heart Master’s in the art of teaching.
Became Poem-speakin’-Ted-Talkin’ English teacher
twelve years strong in Manchester, CT.
Fanatically in love with poems-
With diggin’ all in em’-
With scoopin’ em’ out of others.
Super in love with life.
Ignited Write Out Loud Poetry series with beautiful wife.
Coached prodigies In Odyssey of minds,
and the Manchester High school PaperVoice Slam Team and the state team combined.
Created the non-profit BTOS organization and the Open Mic Movement in Education.
Take pleasure in keynoting, hosting, performing and presenting all across the nation.
I am INFATUATED with
Peace and love, speaking up for the silenced,
empowering diverse youth,
Long wooded hikes with my bloodhound Otter
organic chocolate chip cookies,
and the potential of people.
-Peace. Love. Parker.
Ryan T. Parker is a Manchester based poet, teacher of the year recipient artivist. Raised by a strong, single mother in Norwich, Connecticut, he has been penning poems and preaching peace since the age of ten. After graduating from Norwich Free Academy, he went on to receive a degree in English at Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in teaching at Sacred Heart University. Influenced by the strength, wisdom and humor of his mom, love for hip hop and people, his practices with tutoring at ECSU, and his personal frustrations with his own educational experiences and education system as a whole (his 10th grade English teacher had a sign in her classroom which read, “Silence is Golden” –Ahhh! Freaky stuff!), Ryan developed a passion for teaching and promised himself he would break that golden silence and bring golden noise into education! For the last fourteen years, he has kept his promise teaching English in Manchester, CT public schools, coaching youth poets, and performing and presenting on hip hop poetics and the significance of empowering youth. In addition to teaching middle school students, Ryan also consults with educators running workshops and professional developments centered on The Open Mic Movement in Education and teaching educators strategies for establishing and maintaining effective classroom environments.
Ryan has also presented at numerous educational conferences including LID, CONFRATUTE, NYCORE and COESBOC, NEAG, delivered a TEDx Talk titled 'Transforming Struggle into Strength', featured as a guest poet performer along with Pam Nomura in Hartford Connecticut’s Riverwood Poetry Series, starred as the feature poet at Hartford’s RealArtWay’s’ Inescapable Rhythms Poetry Series and is currently writing a Memoir and a guide to The Open Mic Movement in Education. Ryan also devotes time towards traveling to various school communities performing poems, giving motivational talks and training staff and students in igniting open mic movements. When he’s not teaching or presenting, Ryan loves rapping, laughing, poeming, coaching youth poets, running, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking with his bloodhound, Otter, and eating chocolate chip cookies (preferably organic).