• “Tell Me More”

    I have the great fortune to spend this year with New Hampshire Humanities. We’re working on a reading and writing project with  English learners.  The project is A Year of New Voices,  

    In the Year of New Voices, professional writers meet English learners in Connections book discussion programs. Selected students will have an opportunity to work with the writer, read samples of each other’s work, look for ideas that each have as a thread through their writing. Then English learners, alongside professional writers, will read their poems, stories, and memoirs in “New Voices” readings in New Hampshire communities.

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  • “Scent of Geranium”

    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

  • Stories of the mystery of immigrant lives

    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.”

     

     

     

  • “I hope I will learn to dance a different dance I’ve never danced before.”

    “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

  • A House of Extravagant Colors

    The 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visits a classroom of international English language learners at the Adult Learning Center in Nashua on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)

    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