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
Across the world, families are crossing borders in search of a resting place where their children can be safe and go to school. READ MORE
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
“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.”
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