Welcome to the site

Swingdoorclanks.com is a site devoted to the creative work of Matthew Krasner. The name is a reference to a common classroom door, which swings open all day, wearing off its hinges and smacking in alarm with each abrupt teenager who enters, or leaves. The door never closes long. Teachers cross through too, becoming students again, then mentors. The line is blurred. Only the sounds are distinct and awakening.

Here you will find fictionalized dialogues, taken from actual ones, which take the germ of teaching and let it bloom. Poems from the teacher’s spare moments of idle time. And work from the students themselves.

You will also find information about course offerings in creative writing and the .b Mindfulness program. In tandem, the programs give young adults practice in being still and tapping into their own creative source.

Hope you stay a while before going…