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Denise Hill

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writegirlLocated in Los Angeles, WriteGirl is a one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshop model for girls 13-18 years old. Started in 2001, WriteGirl has grown to become a recognized, and highly awarded, mentoring model for its efforts to promote creativity, critical thinking, and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

WriteGirl has published a dozen anthologies of writing from young girls and women of the WriteGirl project, as well as Pens On Fire: Creative Writing Guide for Teachers & Youth Leaders. Their most recent collection, Emotional Map of Los Angeles features the creative voices of 190 women and girls as well as writing tips, advice and inspirational prompts from the WriteGirl community.

For anyone who is interested in working with teens and writing, especially at-risk youth, WriteGirl provides a excellent model to follow and publications to inspire and guide.
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chinese-literature-todayChina's Internet Literature: From "Live-Scene" Poetry to Million-Character Narratives is the special feature in the newest issue of Chinese Literature Today. Editor Jonathan Stalling writes: "While the Internet has radically changed communication in the modern world, one could argue that China's 289 million online readers are making China the epicenter of the global literary transformation. CLT now delves into this rapidly expanding literary space through the work of leading scholars in the field. Heather Inwood explores how the democratization of publishing poetry online - challenging, or even passing the traditional gatekeepers - has affected, and in some cases, improved the overall quality of poetry in China. Haiqing Yu reveals how short Internet spoof videos called e'gao parody a variety of cultural subjects, from blockbuster films to pop stars, to more serious public figures, leading many to assert that e'gao videos have become an important new form of social engagement. Angie Chau offers readers a front-row seat at the intersection of public intellectual discourse and Internet fame in the case of Internet literature phenomenon Han Han."

Stephanie Dickinson

October 22, 2015
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bitter-oleanderStephanie Dickison is featured in the Autumn 2015 issue of The Bitter Oleander, including an interview and twenty pages of her poetry and prose. From the interview:

I am inspired by lists of flora and fauna, by descriptions of antique furniture, by art techniques such as ironing in centuries past, or by the evocative power of faces to speak through the sepia of 19th century photography. I'm not a writer of compression or irony or overarching structures of thought and don't consider myself a writer of the first water or second etc. but I love words and sentences. I love reading and my world has been made glad by the wonderful books I've read. I do not know what happens when the writing connection starts, when the interweaving and tightening begin, when I slip into the other and am no longer wholly my more limited self. I travel on my ear as well, but that is more on a subconscious level.

TBO's website includes an excerpt from the interview as well as one of the pieces from the publication, "Emily and the Black Dog."


October 23, 2015
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Brilliant. That's a high complement. But as an adjective? A tall order. Brillant Flash Fiction delivers in 1,000 or less. First lines capture me, or lose me. I was hooked on these:

brilliant-flash-fictionShe was drowning, and doing everything she knew she shouldn't.
She opened her mouth and tried to swallow the sea.
from "The Sea in Her Ear" by Opal Palmer Adisa

He was never going to be so much the centre of attention as he was on that Saturday morning.
from "On La Concha Beach" by Maurice Cashell

The phone rang. Mama picked it up. Three minutes after 'hello' she was still listening.
from "Caníbales" by Linda Musita

Really, how can you not want to read the rest? You can. Here.

Poetry :: Comfort Food

October 16, 2015
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by Jessica de Koninck

This noon I give thanks for fried fish
for macaroni and cheese
for dill rolls
for sweet potato pie
for this carbohydrate festival
the hair-netted ladies cooked
to get me through the afternoon
. . .

Read the rest on Apple Valley Review online journal of comtemporary literature.
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artcardLike most Englishy folk, I love to read in print. But I also love the ease and accessibility of reading online lit mags. The 2River View is a good example of how these two worlds can meet. They offer all content online, both their lit mag issues and their chapbooks, but they also have free press-ready PDF downloads of these. This is great for both personal use, but as a teacher, I'm always on the lookout for free resources to use with students. Here's both a great free poetry lit mag and a full backlist of poetry chapbooks to use in the classroom. And then there's the poetry/art cards (Kip Knott, 2009 pictured). Gorgeous. And did I mention the audio of poets reading their works? Really, if you teach and want to get students hooked on poetry, I can't imagine a better resource.
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Play2The Association for Library Services to Children has launched the new campaign Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play as an effort to bridge what is now being called the 30 Million Word Gap. A study conducted by Stanford University Researchers found that by age 3, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the poorest families compared to children from the wealthiest families.

The ALSC campaign has created downloadable resources that provide ways adults can help build children's literacy skills. There are eight posters available for free download, in English and in Spanish. Print and share with parents of infant children, post in areas where parents gather or spend time - provide copies for your family doctor, local clinic, school - or just post around your neighborhood!
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"The National School Boards Association co-signed a letter with other leading national education organizations to express strong support for the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015. This important piece of legislation will help close the increasingly widening equity and learning gaps that exist between the students who have access to the Internet at home and those who do not."

National Day on Writing

October 12, 2015
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national-day-on-writingTuesday, October 20, 2015 is the seventh annual National Council of Teachers of English National Day on Writing. The day has been organized annually since 2009 "to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft." The day was officially recognized by Senate resolution in 2009. Read, Write, Think offers a variety of resources for teachers to celebrate this day with students, noting "It's important for everyone to share their knowledge about writing, organize participating groups in our schools and/or communities, and transform the public's understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today."

Ghazals for James Foley

October 07, 2015
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foleyAmerican journalist and poet James Foley disappeared in November 2012 in Syria. He was beheaded in 2014, an act captured on a video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He was the first American citizen known to be killed by ISIL.

Hinchas Press (the publishing arm of Hinchas de Poesia online literary magazine) is publishing a tribute to Robert Foley in Ghazals for Foley, a collection curated by Argentine-American poet Yago S. Cura, a personal friend of Foley.

Sliver of Stone online literary magazine has published a selection of these ghazals here.

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