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of year's end & 'best-ofs'

It’s that time of year when everyone is publishing “best-of” and “top ten” and so on. For once I’m not either grading or writing final papers but I am “taking stock” a bit. 404 more words


A Semi-Vacation Week

Semi-annually in the summer and around the winter holiday break, I have to remind myself to take a break. But in some cases, I take a “semi-break” – aka, I work on the stuff I’ve been putting off because they are easier, things that are pretty much done but just need to be finalized, or I catch up on my reading. 667 more words

American Literature

Winter Reads

Winter break is coming soon, so I prepared myself for possible snow days where I don’t want to leave my home. I have a book list started on Amazon twelve years ago. 361 more words


From the Desk of Jacqueline Emery: The Boarding School Legacy

The following is by Jacqueline Emery, editor of Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press (December 2017). Emery is an assistant professor of English at State University of New York at Old Westbury. 1,032 more words

Guest Blogs

Goodreads: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

A memoir written by Sherman Alexie

After The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I added Sherman Alexie to my unwritten list of favorite writers. 99 more words


Lucy Kaplansky

Saturday, December 2, 2017

One Longfellow Square, Portland, Maine

This was such an excellent Saturday! I spent part of the day volunteering at Johnson Hall… 924 more words

language shift out of necessity

North of Mexico, more than half of the surviving native languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers each. American author, Sherman Alexie, talks about his experience growing up on an Indian reservation. 293 more words