on truth and storytelling

I recently watched The Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley's documentary of a family secret.  I found it fascinating. It's a cinematic exploration of one of the most complicated, controversial issues in literary nonfiction. Whose truth is the truth? What truth can be harvested from the blurred terrain between fiction and nonfiction? http://vimeo.com/62278639 Polley turns the … Continue reading on truth and storytelling

call for ekphrastic poems on iraq

Poets! Consider contributing to Image Poem Iraq, a compelling collection of photographs and ekphrastic poems. The book is edited by photographer Joel Preston Smith and poet Mary Bast. You can find the full guidelines on the website. Submissions accepted through November 30, 2013. Earlier this summer, I wrote and submitted a poem for the project. Want … Continue reading call for ekphrastic poems on iraq

walking the wire for literacy

Click the image above to learn more about Wireman Comics, an incredible series of comics designed especially for struggling readers. This series is engaging and effective: the first four issues load readers with 50% of the most commonly-used words in English, all through amazing graphics and a compelling storyline. Plus, there's no "beginning reader" label … Continue reading walking the wire for literacy

the power of writing

this video will give you goosebumps.witness the transformative power of writing in this short segment from a free writing workshop, made possible by write around portland.get a behind-the-scenes look at the continuing impact of this non-profit, which brings free 10-week writing workshops to underserved populations all over the portland area. from burn units and prisons … Continue reading the power of writing