Voices from PEN/Faulkner

Yasmin Shiraz on Bringing Retaliation to Life

Teen Parent Book Club Update On Monday, Yasmin Shiraz visited the Teen Parent Book Club at the Anacostia New Heights Center. After a few weeks of reading her novel Retaliation, students were ready and excited to ask questions about Ms. Shiraz’s story of violence in a...

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Iraqi Playwrights Visit Bell Multicultural High School

Last week a group of five female Iraqi Playwrights visited Bell Multicultural High School for a conversation about writing, tolerance, and living in a discriminatory society. Alaa Najem Abdullah, Azhar Ali Hussein, Hawar Sharif, Hayat Haidar Mohammed Ali, and Kholod...

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Lezlie Evans @ Cardozo High School

This past week the Teen Parent Book Club at Cardozo High School hosted its first author visit of the semester.  Lezlie Evans, author of nine children’s books, including the recent and critically acclaimed Who Loves the Little Lamb, stopped by for a conversation about...

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Teen Parent Book Club @ Anacostia High, Session 3

My Name Sounds Like Poetry It’s Ariel, fresh off of my first ever author visit with a Teen Parent Book Club! On Monday the Teen Parent Book Club at the New Heights Center in Anacostia High School hosted poet Kenneth Carroll for a discussion on writing, poetry, and the...

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Author Yolanda Young on How to Prepare for a WinS Visit

  To kick off a running series about "How to Prepare for a WinS Visit," we've asked PEN/Faulkner board member, author, and longtime WinS collaborator Yolanda Young (On Our Way to Beautiful) to guest-blog about how she gets ready to visit DC high schools to...

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Reginald Dwayne Betts @ Calvin Coolidge High School

It was homecoming at Calvin Coolidge high school. The students in Ms. Berke's fourth period class were loose and excited, draped in school colors, and Reginald Dwayne Betts wanted to talk about hospital rooms. "My wife just had a baby so I've been in the hospital for...

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Teen Parent Book Club @ Cardozo High, Session 2

It’s Ariel, back with another update from the Teen Parent Book Club! Last Thursday PEN/Faulkner Deputy Director Emma Snyder and I went to Cardozo Senior High School for a book club meeting. I could tell right away that students were a little anxious about the...

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Teen Parent Book Club @ Anacostia High, Week 2

This is Ariel, Educational Associate and the PEN/ Faulkner team’s newest member! On Monday I traveled across the river to Anacostia High School for a meeting with the teen parents book club. We gathered in the school’s New Heights Teen Parents Center over lunch and...

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James McBride @ Calvin Coolidge High

Greetings all. I'm Max, and I'm an intern for PEN/Faulkner, helping out behind the curtain. This week, a number of authors appeared at our annual Gala, held to benefit both our Writers in Schools program and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The event featured...

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