Summer 2017: Giving + Learning Opportunities

Originally posted on Giving + Learning:
Giving + Learning offers drop-in tutoring every Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 pm at the WE Center (15-21st Street South, Fargo, Suite 102).  All learners are welcome: English language learners, citizenship test preparation, driver’s permit test preparation, GED test preparation.  We have materials to support all these activities, and experienced…

Calling All Writers for Voices of the Valley Project

Originally posted on Voices of the Valley:
The Voices of the Valley Writing Project is seeking writers who are interested in a nonprofit volunteer project focused on interviewing and writing the stories of international Red River Valley residents. We seek to connect local writers with the diverse population that resides in the Red River Valley…

Conflict

Originally posted on African Soul, American Heart:
Conflict has riveted our attention, commanded our news outlets, thrust its way into our conversations, confused and divided us on an international, national, local, and personal level. It’s front and center, and we can’t seem to look away or to come together to find solutions. That isn’t to…

New Americans, a long view and the labels.

I had the pleasure of writing an introduction to a fabulous issue of On Second Thought, the magazine of the North Dakota Humanities Council.  The issue has a mix of personal narratives and scholarly-yet-accessible pieces about New Americans.  In North Dakota, we try to be cognizant of the fact that about 95% of us are […]

Read more! On lists, labels and limits for ‘African women’s writing’

Inspired by Dele Meiji Fatunla and Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed‘s list of 50 women writers they believe ‘everyone’ should read, I’m hoping to complete their list of recommendations in 2015. It includes exciting developments in publishing over recent years, as well as many of’the classics’ of Heinemann’s African Writers’ backlist. I’d describe myself as a keen reader, borrower and purchaser of…

Gate A-4

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye: Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was…