• Year of New Voices – A Reading with Immigrant Writers

    I’ve been working with the talented staff of New Hampshire Humanities to create the New Voices project. We were matchmakers. We matched many New Hampshire poets with immigrant writers to work together with the goal of creating a community reading. Here’s one story. Writing united us.  But could we actually pull off a reading? Yes,…


  • Year of New Voices – Inviting students to tell more

    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…


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

    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.

  • 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.” 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…


  • The Telling Room with the Young Writers and Leaders

    This winter I’m mentoring a young student who is one of only 15 students selected for The Telling Room’s Young Writers and Leaders Program.  These are international high school students  from Somalia, Rwanda, Jordan, Iraq, Congo, Burundi, and Afghanistan and are now attending one of Portland, Maine’s high schools. They’ve all come to write a…