Sara and Michael

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Outspoken Literacy Consultants

Author/Educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit schools worldwide providing author visits, professional development and classroom workshops in writing, comprehension strategies, and public speaking for students K-12.

High-energy performance poets, Sara and Michael are frequent presenters at schools and conferences in the United States and over 35 countries. They provide lively, interactive assemblies, spirited classroom experiences, and engaging PD.

“We can show you writing engagement strategies that will help make your students’ learning more visible.” – Michael Salinger

“Our collaborative snapshot writing lessons help kids question, synthesize, summarize and evidence their learning.” – Sara Holbrook

All kids, all subject areas.

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creativity . collaboration . engagement .

Our Writing Strategies

foster engagement • build literacy skills • expand vocabulary • deepen understanding • encourage close reading • make learning visible

Our Public Speaking Strategies

scaffold public speaking • build confidence • create community • combat stage fright • encourage collaboration • support risk taking • make learning visible

Our Team

We are sought-out award-winning performers and authors of many books for children – both story and textbooks. We captivate students – and educators!

December 2, 2018

How do you do what you do, do? Cuyahoga Community College

Alternative title: Being Crackpot Poets for Fun and Profit Sara and I sort of made up our jobs. Twenty years ago, I didn’t even know that what I am doing for a living now was even an option. In fact – according to recent research by Dell and the Institute For The Future 85% of […]

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November 21, 2018

NCTE 18 – Houston we have NO problem.

My favorite sport is reading. Sara and I love going to the National Council of Teachers of English conference. We’ve been going to NCTE for a couple decades and each one has been an opportunity to connect with friends new and old and to learn and grow. This year’s iteration was especially fulfilling. We have […]

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November 8, 2018

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

And the winner in our acronym competition is… East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio supports teachers and students in – surprise, East Central Ohio. We’ve worked with their teachers and students the last couple years. As much as we enjoy our international travel we love working with our fellow buckeyes any chance […]

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April 3-6, 2018

Dostyk American International School - Atyrau - Kazakhstan

May 22, 2018

Berea City Schools, Berea Ohio

June 27-28, 2018

2018 Glazer and Lorton Writing Institute , Miami, FL

September 23-27, 2018

Abu Dhabi Community School, Abu Dhabi

October 1-5, 2018

The Universal American School, Dubai

October 19, 2018

Sara Holbrook receives Jane Addams Peace award - NYC, NY

October 25th, 2018-26, 2019

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 1, 2018

East Tech High - Cleveland, Ohio

November 2, 2018

ECOESC, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 15-18, 2018

NCTE - Houston Texas

November 25, 2018

Young Writers, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 29, 2018

Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland, Ohio

January 7-11, 2019

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

February 11-15, 2019

ENKA Schools - Istanbul, Turkey

February 18-22, 2019

Escola Americana de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

March 9-10, 2019

Michigan Reading Association - Grand Rapids, MI


“Sara and Michael bring infectious energy and joy leavened with deep knowledge of best practices in literacy to their work with children and teachers.” Ellin Keene – Author of Mosaic of Thought and The Teacher You Want to Be
“Sara and Michael bring magic, and a contagious love of words to both students and teachers alike!” Georgia Heard - Author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School More testimonials...