• Year of New Voices begins with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

    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

  • Ahmad Qadri, Potter

    Please meet Ahmad Qadri. His story is the first I want to offer you about traditional artists in New Hampshire. I did a series of fieldwork reports for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts about traditional artists in the state with a focus on artists who work in arts from varied cultures. READ MORE

  • Bhutanese Folktale Project – it begins with one ESL Teacher Laurie Lalish

    “Laurie was their first English teacher. She brought sheets of white paper and markers to her students who spoke little English but told stories with their art.”

    Laurie Lalish with three of her Bhutanese students in Laconia, 2010

    In 2010, Laurie Lalish of Lutheran Social Services, now Ascentria, conducted a visual arts project with her ESL class in Laconia who created imagery of their homeland. They continued drawing images of home when Jo Radner and I were invited by Laurie to work with her class to do a folktale project. This was New Hampshire Humanities’ Bilingual Folktale Project conducted through the Connections Adult Literacy. READ MORE