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WITS Voices: Teaching 6th Graders Poetry

By Nikkita Oliver, WITS Writer-in-Residence Sitting in a tiny interview room, Jeanine Walker asks me, “How do you feel about working with middle school students?” My gut instinct? “Oh, no way.” My professional interview response? “I prefer high school students.” The outcome: I am currently a writer-in-residence at Washington Middle School—and I love it! For […]

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Required Reading: Teju Cole

As part of our Required Reading series, we share a list of three essential works for each of SAL’s featured writers. Up this time: multi-talented writer, art historian, and photographer Teju Cole.  Open City Glancing at the title Open City, obvious associations spring to mind: open-minded, open-hearted, open-ended. Yet, the more sinister interpretation of “open city” is its literal definition: a city announcing that it […]

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5 Questions: Nichole Coates, WITS Program Associate

Meet Nichole Coates, SAL’s brand new WITS Program Associate! Passionate about supporting the talents, aspirations and abilities of youth from all backgrounds, she has spent the last several years teaching literacy, leadership and social emotional learning to youth in communities from Wisconsin to White Center. We asked Nichole five questions about her new role with WITS, how […]

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Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web. This is what the SAL office looks like everyday. Missing Linda Pastan’s elegant voice after her November reading? “How do we know when a photographer caters to life and not to some previous prejudice?” Finally, a book club you don’t have to leave the house for. Florian Schulz […]

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How Teju Cole Helped Me Make Peace with the Nigerian Scam Artist

This post was first featured on Literary Hub on April 15, 2016. You may find the original post here. How Teju Cole Helped Me Make Peace with the Nigerian Scam Artist:  Ijeoma Oluo on Reconciling her Nigerian-American Identity These words, popping up on my twitter feed, were the words that endeared me to Teju Cole […]

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WITS Voices: Repeat After Me

By Imani Sims, WITS Writer-in-Residence It is Day Six in a ten-day intensive with middle school students who have the best examples of poetic devices: “What is a Metaphor?” A shy hand goes up and I call on them. “A comparison between two things not using like or as.” “Good! Can anyone give me an […]

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Required Reading: Jacqueline Woodson

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Required Reading series, where we’ll be sharing a list of three essential works for each of SAL’s visiting writers. First up: Jacqueline Woodson, children’s author extraordinaire. Ursula K. Le Guin said of stories: “The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” If you agree […]

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Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web. For your Friday listening pleasure, Teju Cole has created a Spotify playlist of Nigerian music called Liquid Grooves of Lagos. While we’re at it, how beautifully eerie is his Flickr account? Jacqueline Woodson has her April reading picks up as Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate. What Station Eleven looks like to Eastern […]

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WITS Voices: If Found, Please Return to—

By Katy E. Ellis, WITS Writer-in-Residence My first year as a WITS instructor, I handwrote each day’s plan in a small red notebook that I toted to the kindergarten classes at Broadview-Thomson K-8. This year, I referred back to those lessons and added new lessons to the notebook, which I carried like a security blanket to […]

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