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DePaul’s Blue Book: Best American High School Writing 2022

I’m Prof. Chris Solís Green and I teach in the English department at DePaul University. As a former high school English teacher, I wish to honor the passion and skill of high school writers; accordingly, I would like to invite you to submit student work to the inaugural issue of an anthology I’m editing, DePaul’s Blue Book: Best American High School Writing 2022.

I hope you might submit your students’ creative work or encourage the moderators of your 2022 literary magazine, newspaper, and/or new media club to submit via DePaul’s Blue Book Submissions.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2023.

Being selected to this national anthology would certainly enhance any student’s college applications. I hope it will also inspire selected students to continue to pursue writing in college.

Copies of the anthology will be distributed nationally, and a free e-book will be available for you and other teachers to potentially use as a resource in classes. I hope you might submit!

Prof. Chris Solís Green

P.S. One more resource available to you is DePaul’s acclaimed Big Shoulders Books, a social-justice-oriented press that I helped found. Its goal is to disseminate free of charge, books by and about voices that might not otherwise be amplified. Free class copies or e-books are available via our website at Big Shoulders Books.

Jack Hazard Summer Fellowships

New Literary Project is now taking applications for the second round of annual Jack Hazard Summer Fellowships. 2023 Fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time educators who are creative writers teaching in accredited high schools in the United States. In Summer 2022, NewLit awarded eight $5,000 fellowships to California teachers.

Applications close January 4, 2023

Ten to twelve Summer 2023 recipients are expected to be announced in March 2023.

Jack Hazard Fellows must be writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir.

They commit to concentrating upon their creative writing during Summer 2023.

They must be full-time, current instructors (in any department, not just English) in an accredited high school (grades 9 12, teaching in the 2022–23 academic year).

They must be contracted to return to full-time teaching in Fall 2023.

Applicants must submit a writing sample along with other related support material requested.

Consult the website for details and procedures.

Click to apply here.

Jack Hazard Fellowships honor, reward, and incentivize talented writers who teach in secondary schools. These writers-who-teach inspire their students, high schools, and communities, and provide a professional model of writers working to find meaning and to create art in chaotic times. With these fellowships, NewLit celebrates teachers’ life-changing contributions and gives them public acknowledgement along with much-needed freedom to devote to their own writing.

NewLit, a not-for-profit created in 2016, fosters new literature, supports authors, and enhances lives of readers, writers, educators, and high school and college students in diverse communities in California and the nation. Our vision is to drive social change, unleash artistic power, and lift up a literate, democratic society.

In addition to Jack Hazard Summer Fellowships, NewLit offers the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, an annual national award of $50,000 for mid-career fiction writers of consequence. In Spring 2023, the seventh such recipient will be named.

T.A. Barron Podcast

Magic & Mountains: The T. A. Barron Podcast

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Merlin Saga, T.A. Barron, has announced a new podcast called Magic & Mountains: The T. A. Barron Podcast. Click here for podcast info & links.

The podcast will feature a variety of special guests, where Barron and his guests will discuss a vast range of topics suitable for students, from the origins of Merlin to the global fight against climate change.

Launching 10/3/22, Magic & Mountains delves into Barron’s writing process, the inspiration behind his beloved characters, and his belief in the transformative power of nature and everyday heroism. Throughout the first 12 episodes, Barron and his guests discuss everything from Celtic mythology and the origins of Merlin to the necessity of combatting climate change and ensuring racial equity in outdoor spaces.

“Storytelling is so much more than pen on paper,” said Barron. “It’s the common thread that unites us all, inviting us to share our experiences for a richer understanding of the world around us. My hope is that Magic & Mountains becomes a haven for those stories, a place where we can listen and learn from one another.


While April’s  National Poetry Month is now behind us, school libraries and classrooms can still celebrate poetry and spring with a dive into children’s poetry books.  Consider highlighting children’s haiku books.

Please permit me to recommend my late mother Sydell Rosenberg’s H IS FOR HAIKU, which the National Council For Teachers of English honored in 2019 as a “Notable Poetry Book.” Would you mind spreading the word to your colleagues?

As you know haiku is the smallest form of poetry, but arguably the most expansive — the form conveys so much in so few words. I consider it poetic mindfulness for kids and the adults in their lives.

Haiku engages all our senses to find bits of magic in daily life – in those ordinary things we might otherwise overlook. I like to say that haiku poetry captures “nature in nuggets.” This makes the form ideal for kids.

Syd was a NYC ELA teacher, so H IS FOR HAIKU has a sometimes gently sly urban tone. Squirrels, street cats, sparrows, pigeons — all are fodder for haiku.

Syd was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America in 1968 in NY, and I’m a member today. Syd immersed herself in the writing, study and practice of haiku and related forms for more than three decades. The haiku community is global, generous, diverse and inclusive.

The publisher is Penny Candy Books, started by two poets. The amazing illustrator is Sawsan Chalabi. I wrote the introduction – www.pennycandybooks.comwww.schalabi.com

I have been overwhelmed by the accolades this book has gotten since its release in 2018. H IS FOR HAIKU is available everywhere. I will be happy to share the PDF via Dropbox.

Have a haiku spring, filled with bits of magic!

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Humanities in Class Digital Library

The National Humanities Center has launched the Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resource (OER)-based repository that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom. Scholars share their research in a variety of forms (video lectures, primary source collections, essays, articles, etc.), and educators submit any type of instructional resource (lesson, activity, assessment, research, essay, guide, etc.). Members can modify and remix these materials as well as publish their own resources with direct citation. In addition to NHC materials, numerous organizations from all humanities disciplines have also contributed resources – including the National Council for Teachers of English, the Jane Austen Summer Program at the University of North Carolina, and the Huntington Library in Pasadena.

No funding is required. Membership is free, and the HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems. All materials are free and come with Creative Commons open license. The HICDL is quickly becoming a makerspace for humanities education innovation with new members and resources being added daily.

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