In 2018 and 2019 I worked with New Hampshire Humanities to create a reading and writing project with English learners. We called it The Year of New Voices.
In the Year of New Voices, professional writers met with English learners from many different countries. They read and wrote together. Then English learners, alongside professional writers, read their poems, stories, and memoirs in readings in New Hampshire communities.
To support the writers, Carolyn Hutton and I created a handbook, “Tell Me More” on Encouraging and Developing the Voices of English Learners.
The collage is by Linda Graham who allowed us to use her art on the cover and inside. ESL educators and professional writers joined forces to write prompts, poems, and essays on the value of what bilingual writers bring to English. The full handbook is available for English learners, their teachers, and and all writers and teachers. You can download it here: “Tell Me More”.