Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Tiger Lily from the ESL Institute, UNH

    Students at the ESL Institute at the University of New Hampshire presented a conference on June 19 to recognize World Refugee Day.   ESL Lecturer Meaghan Dunn and her students had read The Good Braider and invited me to come and speak.  I did, and went early to see the students’ poster presentations. They each focused…

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  • Ode to SALT

    I just pulled out one of Pam Wood’s  SALT magazine issues (Dec. 1988) and there is “Monica,” the stunning photo essay by Pam Berry. This essay took my breath when I first read it and does today on the day I hear SALT is closing. Monica is pictured on the cover of the issue. She’s…

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  • Braids and Belonging, On Writing a Story of a Girl from South Sudan

    Excerpt from “Braids and Belonging”  my article  in IBBY LINK, Spring-Summer, 2015 the journal of  IBBY UK, International Board of Books for Young People in the United Kingdom. “From the beginning of my years with the girls of Sudan, it was so much about hair. I saw how the styles were a vital part of…

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  • Either the Beginning or the End of the World

    A Cambodian-American girl, a soldier returned from war, and extraordinary acts love can demand… Here is a guide for curriculum connections and discussion: Either-the-Beginning-or the End of the World Discussion Guide  Reviews  *  “Farish’s writing is haunting. Beautifully written and briskly paced… An excellent choice for readers seeking a less than neatly packaged love story…

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