Celebrate Black Writing; Share your SafeKidsStory

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Join me at Temple University's Ritter Hall Annex on Saturday, 23 May, from 12-2pm for a workshop geared to writing brief memoir. The assignment: talk about how choosing a book, any book, at any point in your life, has made you--or some child--safer. Can't get there? Read one teacher's heartfelt story; John Lavin says that sometimes a book chooses us, as Signe Wilkinson's delightful cartoon illustrates. Then, write your own story (300-500 words) and submit it for publication to the editorial team at SafeKidsStories@gmail.com!

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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 return to give the Baccalaureate address on May 31st. To prepare, I'm reading a 1956 address there, "Theology of Education," because it's never too late for Paul Tillich to whip one on me.

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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: September 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!)