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Our Philosophy

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The Reading Is Poetry Program provides students with student-centered instruction in reading, writing and speaking through poetry to help students reach their full potential in school, at home and in life. One goal of Reading is Poetry, LLC is to be "Advocates of Literacy through Poetic License".


Poetic License allows the use of abbreviating a word or the use of phonetic spelling within poetry. Toney developed a method to use slang (urban vernacular) to create new words and meanings. This is just one of the tools used to help students build confidence, fluency, comprehension and more importantly express themselves through poetry. We inspire students to become well read, learn new writing tools, techniques and forms of poetry thus promoting literacy.

Our Activities 

A. K. Toney has introduced this program throughout  Los Angeles and Orange County.

Reading Is Poetry, LLC has worked with the following Organizations:

  • Poets and Writers Inc.
  • Page Museum La Brea Tar pits
  • The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • NAMI of Orange County
  • South Bay Mental Health Center
  • The HeArt Project
  • Theatre of Hearts
  • Liemert Park Book Fair 
  • West Hollywood Book Fair
  • A host of Los Angeles public and Charter schools



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Sevice Listings

Reading Is Poetry, LLC offers a variety of services for all ages. All services offered are tailored to fit each situation for maximum impact. 

  • Workshops
    • In school (supplemental education)
    • Adult
    • Parent/Child
    • Private
    • Special Needs 
  • Lectures
  • Publishing Services of workshop projects
  • Tutoring 
​Services to be added: After School Program
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