Dear Ones, In a departure from my last Huffington Post piece, which dealt with teen suicide in sleepy Bloomington, my newest one deals with the incredible resilience and forward momentum I encountered in the young female Congolese refugees who constitute the Survival Girls, a theater group I mobilized this summer in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya. There’s a lot of thinking to be done about youth empowerment today and the ways it affects […]

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§497 · October 10, 2011 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


…is up here. Jon Stewart’s visit to IU, Snooki, suicide, and teaching composition are all involved. Needless to say, it covers some ground! Grateful to know my newest batch of students, grateful for social critics, and continually grateful for the freedom to express my views on it all. Hope you enjoy it.

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§492 · October 5, 2011 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


I am honored to report that my nomination of exiled Chinese writer Tumenulzei Bayunmend to the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grant was successful! Tumenulzei’s story was what I went to Istanbul in 2010 to tell, at the second-ever Writers and Literary Translators International Congress. He was granted passage to the USA within a year. I’ve written extensively about the impact this man, who bought me pizza in that -45 iceworld and comforted […]

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§479 · October 4, 2011 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·