About Krasner

Matthew Krasner is a writer and teacher in either order. His works are drawn from his experience in the classroom and his expatriate existence in Poland. He was born and raised in Potomac Maryland and earned his Masters degree in Liberal Arts from the St. John's College in Santa Fe New Mexico. Currently, he is the Principal of the International American School of Warsaw, where he teaches literature and creative writing to middle and high school students. He also publishes his work on medium.com, a great site for writers and readers who wish to interact with each other. The site, swingdoorclanks.com, is a virtual entryway to the classroom. Here you will find fictionalized dialogues which take the germ of teaching and let it bloom. This writing license has been passed on, teacher to student. The site is therefore littered with the works of young people, mostly poems and short stories. You will also find information about course offerings in Creative Writing and the .b Mindfulness program. In tandem, the programs give teenagers practice in being still and tapping into their own creative source. The door to the classroom swings, never closes, though it tends to hit the jams in harsh measure, making the distinctive clanking sound, which to this teacher is a brass bowl singing....ding, ding, ding! Welcome to the swingdoorclanks...

Welcome to the site

Swingdoorclanks.com is 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 exits. The door never closes for too long. Teachers cross through too, becoming students again, then mentors. The line is blurred. Only the sound–clank!–is distinct and awakening.

Here you will find fictionalized dialogues, collections of poems and wisdoms, all of which take the germ of teaching and let it bloom. And some 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…