Living For Change: Grace Lee Boggs, A Beautiful American, (1915-2015)

A friend sent me an email today to let me know about the passing of Grace Lee Boggs. She lived to be a strong 100 years old! If you don’t know anything about this woman, I encourage you to learn about her and soak up some of the great spirit with which she worked and…

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World Literacy/International Literacy Day Observance, 2015

Here is just a partial list of daily interfacing with words: *instructions for taking prescription drugs; *ingredients in the foods we eat, and recipes for food preparation *GPS directions, street signs; *directories and signage—both indoors and outdoors—that helps us get to where we want to go; *instructions for usage of technology *instructions for assembling furniture…

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New Generation African Poets Series

an abbreviated version of this was posted to goodreads on July 27, 2015: The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am saying that I have finished reading this rich collection of poems only because I read from the first page to the last but I am still reading it….

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Love at First Sight Part Two: The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

OMG!—It is finally beginning to act like summertime around here and as you may well imagine, part of me is hardly interested in blogging. Still, there are some writing assignments I gave myself….. Remember two months ago when I posted about falling in love with the title of the book, The Woman Who Read Too…

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Vessel: poems by Parneshia Jones

Scheduled to facilitate a workshop in Detroit titled “People & Places: A Creative History of Family and Home,” a few weeks ago, I wanted to begin putting together a small “anthology” of examples to share with participants now and in the future. Parneshia Jones came on my radar when I learned that she often writes…

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Reading Dangerously: Some Thoughts About Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

I have been thinking and writing on my reading of Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work for a few weeks, now. It doesn’t seem to be getting tighter or shorter or sweeter. (Another few pages of notes not included in this post will just have to wait their turn!) I won’t fret about it….

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Reading: Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor My rating: 4 of 5 stars (I had to read this groundbreaking book once I learned that filmmaker Julie Dash is working on a documentary about Vertamae Grosvenor titled “Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.”) Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of…

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Author Emma Donoghue: “Raising the Dead”

Having completed reading Edwidge Danticat‘s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, I was wanting to sort my thoughts and write about it when I learned that—as part of the programming for the exhibit “IRELAND Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840”—the Art Institute of Chicago had invited author Emma Donoghue to talk and read on…

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