Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • The Good Braider

    “In this free verse novel for young adults and adults, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Selected as a Best Book of the Year by the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education,  & School Library Journal; winner…

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  • Be a Dad. Be There

    By Terry Farish “Like I want to rush my sentence.  I feel like I’m missing out with my baby.  But it seems like six months has gone so fast for her.  You want to take in every last breath you can take, and make them last.” Inmates connect with their kids reading poetry and Jane…

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  • If You Were Thomas’s White Girlfriend

    “When Studs Terkel was asked on Transom what he wanted to hear on the radio, he answered, “Something real.”   Jay Allison in his intro to this story on Transom.org, “If You Were Thomas’s White Girlfriend.” By Terry Farish Thomas got a job shelving books at a branch of the Portland Public Library, a pretty good…

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  • “Measuring the World”

      The young adult review journal, YARN, celebrated World Poetry Day with a very interesting poet’s premise.   YARN invited  poets to write a poem using text from a common source.  And more …..the poem must include three phrases from the common source.  The theme was “Measuring the World: the Geography of Poetry.”  This was…

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  • Aruna Kenyi – a writer of grace and hard work

    I hear about Aruna Kenyi before I meet him. I’m at the Telling Room in Portland, Maine,  a large upstairs room on Commercial Street facing the busy waterfront, where teenagers come to write with the support of professional writers. Patty Hagge is one teacher, a striking woman with pure white hair. She tells me about two writers…

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