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Shaun Perkins

Shaun Perkins

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Shaun Perkins


(918) 864-9152



Creative Writing, Poetry, Literature, Storytelling


Early childhood, childhood, adolescents, intergenerational, adult, youth at risk


Schools: pre-k, elementary, middle schools, alt-ed
Community Sites: parks & recreation centers, arts centers, libraries


Statewide, year-round


A native of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, Shaun Perkins has taught students from elementary schools to adults, in both urban and rural communities, for more than 24 years. From literature and composition to creativity and critical thinking, Perkins’ talent at bringing the written word to her students has helped her to connect with diverse student populations and has earned her acclaim as an educator. Perkins served as coordinator of the “IMPACT” At-Risk Student Program in Bartlesville for several years, and was named Bartlesville’s Teacher of the Year in 1993.

Perkins has been regularly published in numerous regional and national literary journals, including a cover story in the August 2008 edition of Storytelling magazine. Perkins is also a recognized performer, working as a storyteller in numerous venues including the 2014 Woody Guthrie Festival and as a presenter at the National Storytelling Network annual conference. Perkins is also the curator of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

Perkins has a particular knack for connecting with teens and high school groups, including at-risk youth, and is willing to travel widely within the state to lead residencies. Perkins’ goals for her students are for them to develop new appreciation for poetry and the written word and for them to learn to express themselves in an authentic way through the literary arts.

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