What I'm Reading: 5/7 - 5/13
Happy May, folks.
The heat of the sun bearing down on my skin has me feeling refreshed and awake. I love spring and summer and every activity that comes with.
No matter what season, I love reading. It’s as simple as that. Here’s what I’m reading this week.
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The Iowa Writers Collaborative
Jane Nguyen - The Asian Iowan
Jane Nguyen gave us a stunning look into the experience of immigrant and refugee children when they arrive to a new school. Jane is an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher in the Des Moines area, so she helps students from other countries learn English as they begin school. Through my job at CultureALL, I’ve had a chance to speak with a few ESL teachers. The work they do helps students to feel seen, valued, and confident. Jane explores the fear and insecurity these students experience when they first arrive.
Kurtis Meyer - Showing Up
Kurtis Meyer details a recent meeting of the Iowa Democrats that also explores the meaning of May Day. It’s a pretty basic feature of non fiction/journalistic writing to relate the specific to the broad, yet somehow it feels like magic each time I encounter it in reading or my own writing. I appreciate this opportunity to learn more about a date I rarely think much of while also contemplating what the future of politics in this state might look like.
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