My Sister for President!

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After people read my memoir, they always ask about my sister, who was, like, nine when the car drove back to Philadelphia. Well, here she is now. She's got the same birthday as President Obama, and, like him, she and her family love Martha's Vineyard. Difference: she flies planes--and is teaching young black women to fly, too. So, that's what happened to Carole!

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Alumni Weekend at St. Paul's School

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My memoir, Black Ice, begins at a St. Paul's School graduation ceremony in 1989. Last year's visit for my 40th anniversary got me so worked up, I wrote a poem for the first time in years! This year, I am honored to have returned to give the Baccalaureate address on May 31st.

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SafeKidsStories.com

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Thanks to amazing students in my UPenn classes--Writing for Children and Non-fiction Now--we have built some excellent content for SafeKidsStories.com. The placeholder site is up. The real launch: October 2015. We're working on it all summer. Get ready.

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Lighten up!

They say that poets and musicians have fun at parties. They drink and dance and exchange numbers on napkins, while novelists sit in the corner with a cup of coffee, taking notes. (OK, OK, so I'm playing with some poems, and a kids' story, and a libretto. Playing!)