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Perhaps what I find most fascinating about language is that it can both discriminate and be discriminating. It can impose harm or it can repair. It is in our mouths, on our buses, and trains. It’s graffiti, our hips, and our hands. We’re never not communicating. But for some of… [Read More]
I’ve noticed that each year, the majority of girls talk about heartbreak or being hurt by someone they loved. Girls as young as 13 years old rant about how the boy they loved treated them poorly, and how they run back to the boy. It hurts me because that is… [Read More]
Spotlighting The Academy’s online publication, Poem-a-Day, imagine receiving a poem by a vast array of American writers in your email inbox daily, or opening a newspaper to read a new poem that encapsulates the state of your heart at that moment, or instead of drowning in your infinite scrolling social… [Read More]
Beginning this fall, and in tandem with their event for the United Nation’s “Day of the Girl” celebration, which includes a reception and roundtable discussion on a girl’s right to write with panelists from Penguin Random House, Little, Brown and Tumblr, Girls Write Now, with help from VIDA, undertook to… [Read More]
The danger here is in how quickly we veer towards judging people for how they read, telling them they’re reading the wrong books for the wrong reasons. That kind of judgment is in itself a failure of imagination, a failure of empathy. But criticizing a character or a book for… [Read More]
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