Thursday, November 5, 2009

Teachers: here's a link to information about the National Endowment for the Humanities "Letters about Literature" competition, which encourages students to write thoughtful letters explaining why a particular work of literature matters to them.

Also, I offer a link to the Sewanee Review's interview with Sam Pickering. I've never met Sam; but as a peer reviewer, he offered very helpful advice on Tracing Paradise. He also convinced UMass Press to publish it, so naturally I love him. Sam was the model for Robin Williams's character in Dead Poets Society, a movie I've never seen but maybe you have. 

Finally, don't forget that Baron Wormser, director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry & Teaching, will be manning the first-ever Frost Place table at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual meeting in Philadelphia, November 18-22. If you or your colleagues are attending, please stop by and visit. And if you have teaching acquaintances in the Philly area, encourage them to visit as well. (

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