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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Detroit Poem: “Waking Up At Home” by Leslie Reese

This morning I completed reading Detroit Resurgent. Writing my impressions of the book proves to be challenging because of the strong emotions I have about my hometown, which I visit regularly. Today—instead of posting about Detroit Resurgent—I am posting another of my Detroit Poems, “Waking Up At Home.” I will post about the book later….

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Love At First Sight: The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

When you are roaming around in bookstores and libraries, or maybe waiting for your prescription to be filled at a drugstore, what is it about a book that will make you walk over and get physically acquainted with it? Is it the book’s title? Is it something visual like cover illustrations or design? Maybe even…

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“Reading Opens Up My Imagination”

My nine-year-old nephew Caleb qualifies as a bonafide nerd—and I mean this in a spirit of utmost admiration. One afternoon recently when I was visiting he jumped-up and said “It’s time for me to read, now. This is my favorite part of doing my homework.” (His older siblings snicker about him in a proud way…

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