I just found this animated story by Naghmeh Farzaneh who came from Iran to study in the U.S. Naghmeh struggles so much with the English language and the life but she remembers one thing her mother told her and it helps. This is called, “Scent of Geranium.” READ MORE
With our country’s continuing need for stories on families who are arriving in the U.S. for refuge, Book Riot reviewer, Kelly Jensen, offers this new reading list, YA Books about Immigration. Included here are many new voices to YA literature. Since I’ve been working so much in U.S. classrooms with students and teachers who are reading my books, I was especially interested in a journalistic account, The Newcomers, Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. The New York Times reviewer described The Newcomers, written by an Irish American who came when she was one-year old, as a “delicate and heartbreaking mystery story.”
“This is how we’re gonna do. We’re gonna dance the Nepali song. Cross left leg over right. One – two – three – go.” Then the movie song, Kale Dai, blasted from the instructor Pujan Wagley’s phone through the school gym. Over the weeks, we moved from the Nepali dance into “Whatcha Gon Do With That Dessert.” And Pujan, a student at Worcester State and a Bhutanese dancer, taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders hip hop moves to rapper Darwin’s song. Students end with a flowy, traditional dance to Ki Chhori hu ma. This is a story about working with Pujan at Concord, NH’s Broken Ground School where I brought a poetry workshop, too – so together Pujan and I offered poetry and dance. Our work was supported by a grant to the 21C After School program by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. READ MORE
This is a version of an article I wrote for New Hampshire Humanities about the day the Council hosted Juan Felipe Herrera at the Nashua, NH Adult Learning Center. Thank you Maren Tirabassi and the students of the class and Juan Felipe for their lines of poetry I include. READ MORE
He calls a poem a burble.
A writing pad is a paperbag, or a newspaper, periodico, or whatever you want it to be.
All that matters is that you hurry, hurry, hurry.
And write down whatever you see in the world.
What you hear,
what you taste,
What you love. READ MORE