From My Bookshelf: Craft in the Real World

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses challenges accepted models of writing craft and workshop. “What we call craft is in fact nothing more or less than a set of expectations. Those expectations are shaped by workshop, by reading, by awards, and gatekeepers, by biases about whose stories matter and how they should beContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: Craft in the Real World”

Literacies Circle: Rock Poetry

Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Yet, people are leaving messages too. My mom, strolling along a great lake beach, delightfully discovered poetry in the form of chalk and rocks. Like opening up a fortune cookie, reading just a few words, and deciding how the phrase defines, or will define, your life. And in thisContinue reading “Literacies Circle: Rock Poetry”

From My Bookshelf: Scholarship Applications

Every year around this time, I review a bunch of applications for a foundation offering college scholarships. It’s a lot of tedious reading and extensive note-taking. Literacies all around. This year, I did the math and found that I covered anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 words just for the essays and recommendations alone. But itContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: Scholarship Applications”

Literacies Circle: Shelves, Bins, Floors, and Totes

With vaccines and our communities slowly opening up, we are again inviting trusted friends and family into our homes. After a year of being away, our eyes are sharpening to the details that we may have not really noticed or remembered before. Recently, two people who came to our home remarked along the lines ofContinue reading “Literacies Circle: Shelves, Bins, Floors, and Totes”