Poetic Breath


  • Natalie Honein American University of Sharjah
  • Amanda Gulla Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Adam Henze Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Nicole Morris Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Adam Garry Podolski Quest Art School and Gallery
  • Molly Sherman Lehman College, City University of New York




editorial, poetic inquiry, breath, air, Indigenous, land, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity, race, ancestry, silence


This special issue of JCACS amplifies and intersects multiple themes that challenge our capacity to access air. We invited research presented at the 2019 International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, as well as new poetic inquiry that engages, plays with, ignites and challenges notions of action in a time of legislated inaction, work that counteracts silencing the breath inside our bones. We looked for oxygen where there was none. The editors of this special issue all use poetry as a form of inquiry in their lives and academic work, and we are delighted to share the work of our colleagues from the poetic inquiry community. We believe that this issue demonstrates the value of using poetic inquiry in academia to highlight the voices of those underrepresented and thus is a vital contribution to the research community.

Author Biographies

Natalie Honein, American University of Sharjah

Natalie Honein is a writer, poet and educator. Her publications explore gender, social equity, Arab women’s activism and poetic inquiry.

Amanda Gulla, Lehman College, City University of New York

Amanda Nicole Gulla serves as Professor of English Education at Lehman College, City University of New York, where her teaching and scholarship are both intimately connected to her work in poetic inquiry.

Adam Henze, Indiana University, Bloomington

Adam Henze is a research associate at Indiana University, Bloomington, and moonlights as a professional spoken word poet and teaching artist.

Nicole Morris, Institute of American Indian Arts

Nicole Morris, M.A. Ed., is an educator and poet whose research is rooted in the intersectionality of identity, structural oppression, the coloniality of being and BIPOC liberation.

Adam Garry Podolski, Quest Art School and Gallery

Adam Garry Podolski is a visual artist, poet, teacher and curriculum theorist. He is currently the Director of Youth Engagement and Education at Quest Art School and Gallery.

Molly Sherman, Lehman College, City University of New York

Molly Sherman has taught English language, literature and composition at the secondary and post-secondary level. Her work is grounded in social justice and centered around the power of voice, the arts and social imagination.


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How to Cite

Honein, N., Gulla, A., Henze, A., Morris, N., Podolski, A. G., & Sherman, M. (2022). Poetic Breath. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 19(2), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.25071/1916-4467.40811