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!
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.
"City with Walls: Another Look at Manhattan's Luxury Towers" by Elizabeth Murphy, with photographs by James Wrona
"The Cost of Landscape: Looking Back at Some of Southern California's Lawns" by Alison Kozberg
"For Whom and For What? The Birth of the Republican Party and the Makings of Modern America" in conversation with Heather Cox Richardson
"Gentrification of the Queer Bedroom" by Mathew Rodriguez
"Notes on the New Suburbs and the New City" in conversation with Kazys Varnelis
"Obstructing Innovation: The Case Against Patents and Copyrights" in conversation with Dean Baker
"Money over Everything: Charting Hip-Hop's Cash Flow" by Marty Brown
Has anything changed in the Arab world since the last issue of Sukoon? Yes. Things have changed. They've become more horrific, more complicated. Mind numbing. More and more people from all faiths have been forced from their homes, displaced; more beheadings and destruction and ruin. A new war is switched on. And the most important one of all, shelved. Postponed. Forgotten.
But this issue is not about war, or shelves, or forgetfulness. This issue, like every issue is about finding the beauty and showing it. Finding the love and singing it. Which is why I decided a beautiful art piece by Palestinian artist Ali Shawwa, of Umm Kulthum, the world's most famous Egyptian singer, works best as a cover page. To indicate and remind us of song, because how else do we survive, through wars and shelves and forgetfulness? To sing about love and loss, but to sing about love. To sing about pain and life, but to sing about life. To simply sing. And sing and sing, as poetry and story and art. Through slaying and insanity and devastation And to continue singing, long after the lights go out and the guns disappear.
Forty-five years have passed since the first publication of the Whole Earth Catalog. How shall we conceive of environmental learning all these years later? And how can we build on some of the important concepts from the first phase of environmental studies—place-based learning, bioregionalism, wilderness conservation, ecological restoration, natural history education, environmental justice, ecological economics, global environmental governance—while we confront the Anthropocene reality?
I've been considering six dynamic challenges that must be incorporated, internalized, and activated to expand environmental learning:
The urban planet
A cosmopolitan culture
Ecological equity and social justice
The proliferation of information networks
Virtual natural history
These are by no means inclusive categories. There are countless ways to think about environmental learning in the Anthropocene. In my view, environmental studies is necessarily adaptive and the conditions that inform its structure are always in flux. Let's launch the conversation.
Read the rest on Terrain.org.
Science Fiction is the theme of the newest issue of New Orleans Review. Editor Timothy Welsh opens the issue by asking "Why do we enjoy science fiction?" Then explores an answer: "Perhaps it is not the fantastic at all. Perhaps it is instead how science fiction is always in some way about the present. It is an exaggeration, a recontextualization, a defamiliarization. Science fiction takes some aspect of life in the present and blows it out to its logical extremes to see where things breakdown. The best science fiction gives us ways to think about our actual lived circumstances, unencumbered by material reality and with the perspective gained by getting a little bit of distance."
Welsh considers, though, that in our age of exponential advancements in science and technology, it becomes more challenging to see any great "distance." He then asks, "What distance is there to take as the stuff of science fiction rapidly becomes the stuff of our everyday?" That is the challenge faced by the contributors to this issue, and as Welsh notes, "though they take and use the tools of the genre, the alternative worlds they imagine do not seem so far off. . . . Perhaps we will find they are closer to home than we expect."
Contributors to this special issue include Sara Batkie, C. Wade Bentley, Scott Brennan, Gerry Canavan, Sarah Crossland, Michael George, Taylor Gorman, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Daryl Jones, Greg Keeler, Paige Lewis, Michael Marberry, James Maynard, Lincoln Michel, Danielle Mitchell, Lo Kwa Mei-En, Emil Ostrovski, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, John Paul Rollert, Bethany Schultz Hurst, Adrian Van Young, and Lesley Wheeler.