national human trafficking awareness day

I want to encourage you to take a few (~20 minutes) to view Lisa Kristine’s TEDtalk from 2012, “Photos that bear witness to modern slavery.” “I truly believe, if we can see one another as fellow human beings, then it becomes very difficult to tolerate atrocities like slavery. These images are not of issues. They…

national slavery & human trafficking prevention month

>>> If you, or someone you know, is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s (NHTRC) Hotline: 1.888.373.7888  it is a 24/7 confidential line. << “Today, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking. This modern-day slavery occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across…

{bookishness} banned books week 2015

For many of us, our reading habits do not change during Banned Books Week (ala.org). Our libraries are the oft maligned stacks of inappropriate, if not all-out-dangerous, reading material. Nonetheless, this week is a good time to be intentional and connected and educated at a community level. I hope you’ve a book or three to celebrate,…

{bookishness} RIP X

Image used with permission, property of Abigail Larson. It is the tenth anniversary of the always anticipated Reader’s Imbibing Peril (RIP)!! “Ten years ago, when reading challenges were all the rage, I started my very first one.  I did not see a lot of events centered around the gothic and classic horror that I loved to imbibe…

{book} never a nothing girl

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner Feiwel and Friends, 2015 (orig. 2013). Hardcover 304 pages “Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on the Oyster, an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship’s crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring…

{National Poetry Month} Pockets

On Pockets with Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} To finish out the fantastic National Poetry Month, instead of a post as some fantastically deep reflection, I’m pushing us to do something as active participants. You may have guessed it– tomorrow is Poem in your Pocket Day. At first I was going to write about and feature…

{National Poetry Month} On Narrative Poetry

On Narrative Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Poetry is not all about exploring a concept in a series of images– maybe it’s more like short stories which are, oh, right– exploring a concept in a series of images. But hey, joking aside, the difference between poetry and narrative is large, because poetry may contain a story,…

{National Poetry Month} here

Here by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Call me extremely lazy. Call me ferociously busy. Both apply. Both are somewhat relevant to today’s post. But let’s think of it as a nice break from the usual study, and just an appreciation for poetry itself. This is to date one of my favourite poems, and I believe it stands…

{National Poetry Month} On Mail

On Mail by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I’ve spent this month talking to you. Similarly, poets devote themselves to a message but rarely receive a direct response. It’s time for this to change. It’s time for you, reader, to talk back. Of course, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, but what I…

{National Poetry Month} on silence/speaking

  on silence/speaking by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I apologize for the radio silence.  And on that note: more than ever I’ve realized how much of poetry is a voice. I say this because on Friday (the 17th), I participated in the Day of Silence, a movement of students in support of the LGBT community, protesting…

{National Poetry Month} On Timelines

On Timelines by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I’d set out to make a timeline and ended up with reactionary patterns and a map. What interests me so much about history and the differing cultural responses to poetry is that it is perhaps proof of poetry’s impact. It is shifting and flourishing in different ways– with…

{National Poetry Month} On Form/Space

On Form/Space by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Line Breaks are a godsend.   I propose the reason why poets seem so lazy with proper punctuation is that line breaks are a punctuation of themselves. They immediately express that the writing is a poem, and that sliver of blank space breaks thoughts apart like paragraphs in an…