NCTE: Atlanta: Blog Blitz: Day One

NCTE: Atlanta: Blog Blitz: Day One

The next few posts will probably come out quick and in need of a lot of editing later, but I have to capture each day …

 

For Him. For Her. For “Hayden.”

For Him. For Her. For “Hayden.”

I am a veteran of The United States Navy. I’ve been one for twenty-one years now. And with each passing Veteran’s Day I am reminded …

 

Painful Prompts: When the Writing is for Real

Painful Prompts: When the Writing is for Real

Of the more challenging prompts to which one might attend is the obituary. This writing task comes with mentor texts listed daily. In alphabetical order. The …

 

Writing into the Wind Sock: It Begins with a Single Breath

Writing into the Wind Sock: It Begins with a Single Breath

I remember riding in the back of the car with my family past the small airport outside of Harbor Springs, Michigan. I was mesmerized by …

 

The Mr. Hankins Crane Award: 2016: Gae Polisner’s THE MEMORY OF THINGS

The Mr. Hankins Crane Award: 2016: Gae Polisner’s THE MEMORY OF THINGS

I created The Crane Award two years ago in order to celebrate a book that came in under the radar, had a quiet kind of …

 

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

A recent New York Times article suggests and introduces four titles among a “wave of 9/11 novels seeking audience with young readers.” In preparation for the article …

 

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

I was a father for just over a year on September 11th, 2001. Rushing home from an undergraduate English course, I found my wife and …

 

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

Of course, everyone’s eyes today are on the selection of Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate. One of my favorite memes in the past …

 

“This is Not ‘This'”

“This is Not ‘This'”

A recent post by an author/illustrator/friend got me thinking about social media users who share content with a simple tag, “This.” The post was somewhat …

 

“Or Lando. . .”

“Or Lando. . .”

Earlier this spring, we worked on poetic forms in Room 407. It helps to have a form in mind when reaching for poetry as as …

 
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