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May 8, 2015: Westbrook High School in Westbrook, Maine!
Yep, you read that right! I'll be speaking at the high school from whence I graduated. This will be for current students and faculty/staff only. But I am too excited not to put this here.

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Going Home Again: Visiting Westbrook High School

Journal Entry: Sun May 17, 2015, 8:44 PM
FROM THE DESK OF E. KRISTIN ANDERSON:

School visits always leave me inspired. I am so inspired by the students who attended my sessions on May 8th at Westbrook High School. Yes, THAT Westbrook High School. From whence I graduated.

Me outside the library. I spent a lot of time in the library not doing homework and tricking the librarians who didn't know what blogging was into letting me blog because nobody knew what blogging was yet. Sorry not sorry.
Me outside the library. I spent a lot of time in the
library 
not doing homework and tricking the librarians
who 
didn't know what blogging was into letting me
blog 
because nobody knew what blogging was yet.
Sorry not sorry.


A sign at the library! With my face on it!
A sign at the library! With my face on it!

Westbrook has changed a lot over the years. I ran into some of my old teachers who now were working out of different classrooms. The teacher's lounge is in one of the old art room. (You guys, they have SNACKS in there. SNACKS! And BOOKS and MAGAZINES! Also SNACKS!) And so many of the teachers I spent time with have since retired (which is fair, since so many of those teachers also taught my dad, so, I'm guessing they paid their dues and whatnot).  And while my locker hasn't moved and the library is still right where it always was and the kids still hang out in the lobby before and after school, the faces at Westbrook High School are different. There's so much more diversity there, ethnicity and otherwise, which made my talk extra rewarding, since my talk was about the literary canon, contemporary poetry, and community.

Snaps from my high school yearbook. MOST UNIQUE IS NOT A THING. And every student I talked to at WHS heard about why it's not a thing. Snaps from my high school yearbook. MOST UNIQUE IS NOT A THING. And every student I talked to at WHS heard about 
why it's not a thing.

I read poems by LaToya Jordan, Lisa Cheby, Alyse Bensel, Care Santos (trans. Lawrence Schimel), Roger Reeves, and others. I read some of my own poems from A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE -- two of which I envisioned taking place in and around Westbrook High. I talked about the voices we value, how our own voices are important in our communities, how art is a space for building community, and how what we read affects all of this. And, obviously, about how poetry is wicked fun and not just for dead white guys and antiquated language.

This is me outside my home room. I have no idea what's in there now but I used to do the crossword in the morning in here, like a proper nerd. Yes, Mom, that's where your crosswords went in the late 90s.
This is me outside my home room. I have no idea what's in
there now but I used to do the crossword in the morning
in here, like a proper nerd. Yes, Mom, that's where your crosswords went in the late 90s.

Some amazing students from the middle school walked over and brought me a copy of their literary magazine, which is such an honor. All of the classes who attended had wonderful questions, both from students and teachers. (Y'all have no idea how great it is to have questions, let alone thoughtful questions, at the end of a talk. Crickets are the worst.)

I left some treats at the high school. I hope everyone enjoyed them. PS yes I'm in the yearbook next to one of your current teachers, try not to use that against him.
I left some treats at the high school. I hope everyone
enjoyed them. PS yes I'm in the yearbook next to a current
 WHS social studies teacher—try not to use that against him.

Another amazing gift at WHS was having two of my former English teachers (both now retired) come in to see me speak. Both of these women were a part of my growth as a young writer and reader. This was such a privilege, and one I'd imagine not many writers get to experience. Add to this that my grandmother (another WHS graduate) also came to my first session of the day and got to see what I do. It made my day extra special.

Me with my old locker. Yes, I remember my locker number; no, I won't remember the conversation we had ten minutes ago.
Me with my old locker. Yes, I remember my locker number;
no, I won't remember the conversation we had ten minutes ago.

Of course I wandered around the halls and took pictures of all the things. There's a certain hometown pride that you never do shed, no matter how terrible or crazy your high school experience was.

The gym. There are no words for how much I hated gym class.
The gym. There are no words for how much I hated gym class.

And even as I snapped a picture of the bleachers, closed, BLAZES spelled out in blue and white facing the basketball court, I understood why folks would think I was nuts to be in that building, again, on purpose. Some of my friends reacted with shock when I told them I was visiting my old high school. "You're so brave!" they said. Or "why would you want to go there?" Well, here's the thing: No matter how terrible my experience was when I was in high school, I might have the power to make some students have a less terrible time, and that makes every bad day worth it. In fact, before I even got back to the house that afternoon, one of the teachers had a blog post up quoting a student from the middle school:
"I liked that she told us she had been bullied, but she is now a successful author, because I was bullied too. If she can work through it, so can I."

And that is why I went back. Not for the selfies. Not to sell books (though I did sell a few, THANK YOU!). Not to tell my old history teacher that I still have stress dreams about her class (though I did, sorry not sorry). I went back because kids need to hear that there's another side. I'm here and you can be, too, whatever your other side looks like. Poets and writers and artists, go visit your old classrooms. Knock on the doors. Teens need hope and, I'd like to think, that art is hope.

http://www.ekristinanderson.com


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My name is Emily, but if you're looking for my published work, you should Google E. Kristin Anderson. (Ask me and I'll tell you the why-I-need-a-pen-name story.) I write poetry (for everyone) and fiction (for young adults and children) and nonfiction (sometimes). I'm the co-editor of the nonfiction anthology DEAR TEEN ME (Zest Books, 2012) based on the website DearTeenMe.com, where authors write letters to their teen selves. I have two poetry chapbooks out: A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press) and A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks). I'm an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review . I blog at EKristinAnderson.com about books and writing and my bizarro life here in Austin, TX. If you're looking for editorial or mentoring servies, I'm a member of Yellow Bird Editors, a group of industry professionals offering these and other services for professionals as well as beginning writers and teens.

I grew up in Westbrook, Maine and went to Connecticut College in the beautiful New London, CT, and have a fancy-sounding degree in Classics. Once upon a time I lived in Brooklyn and worked at The New Yorker magazine and sometimes I have dreams that I have to go into the office and make the magazine and can't remember how. ATX, though? It's a great home. I like to take photographs with toy and vintage cameras. Don't listen to anyone who says watching television will rot your brain -- some of my best ideas have come from TV.

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Going Home Again: Visiting Westbrook High School

Journal Entry: Sun May 17, 2015, 8:44 PM
FROM THE DESK OF E. KRISTIN ANDERSON:

School visits always leave me inspired. I am so inspired by the students who attended my sessions on May 8th at Westbrook High School. Yes, THAT Westbrook High School. From whence I graduated.

Me outside the library. I spent a lot of time in the library not doing homework and tricking the librarians who didn't know what blogging was into letting me blog because nobody knew what blogging was yet. Sorry not sorry.
Me outside the library. I spent a lot of time in the
library 
not doing homework and tricking the librarians
who 
didn't know what blogging was into letting me
blog 
because nobody knew what blogging was yet.
Sorry not sorry.


A sign at the library! With my face on it!
A sign at the library! With my face on it!

Westbrook has changed a lot over the years. I ran into some of my old teachers who now were working out of different classrooms. The teacher's lounge is in one of the old art room. (You guys, they have SNACKS in there. SNACKS! And BOOKS and MAGAZINES! Also SNACKS!) And so many of the teachers I spent time with have since retired (which is fair, since so many of those teachers also taught my dad, so, I'm guessing they paid their dues and whatnot).  And while my locker hasn't moved and the library is still right where it always was and the kids still hang out in the lobby before and after school, the faces at Westbrook High School are different. There's so much more diversity there, ethnicity and otherwise, which made my talk extra rewarding, since my talk was about the literary canon, contemporary poetry, and community.

Snaps from my high school yearbook. MOST UNIQUE IS NOT A THING. And every student I talked to at WHS heard about why it's not a thing. Snaps from my high school yearbook. MOST UNIQUE IS NOT A THING. And every student I talked to at WHS heard about 
why it's not a thing.

I read poems by LaToya Jordan, Lisa Cheby, Alyse Bensel, Care Santos (trans. Lawrence Schimel), Roger Reeves, and others. I read some of my own poems from A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE -- two of which I envisioned taking place in and around Westbrook High. I talked about the voices we value, how our own voices are important in our communities, how art is a space for building community, and how what we read affects all of this. And, obviously, about how poetry is wicked fun and not just for dead white guys and antiquated language.

This is me outside my home room. I have no idea what's in there now but I used to do the crossword in the morning in here, like a proper nerd. Yes, Mom, that's where your crosswords went in the late 90s.
This is me outside my home room. I have no idea what's in
there now but I used to do the crossword in the morning
in here, like a proper nerd. Yes, Mom, that's where your crosswords went in the late 90s.

Some amazing students from the middle school walked over and brought me a copy of their literary magazine, which is such an honor. All of the classes who attended had wonderful questions, both from students and teachers. (Y'all have no idea how great it is to have questions, let alone thoughtful questions, at the end of a talk. Crickets are the worst.)

I left some treats at the high school. I hope everyone enjoyed them. PS yes I'm in the yearbook next to one of your current teachers, try not to use that against him.
I left some treats at the high school. I hope everyone
enjoyed them. PS yes I'm in the yearbook next to a current
 WHS social studies teacher—try not to use that against him.

Another amazing gift at WHS was having two of my former English teachers (both now retired) come in to see me speak. Both of these women were a part of my growth as a young writer and reader. This was such a privilege, and one I'd imagine not many writers get to experience. Add to this that my grandmother (another WHS graduate) also came to my first session of the day and got to see what I do. It made my day extra special.

Me with my old locker. Yes, I remember my locker number; no, I won't remember the conversation we had ten minutes ago.
Me with my old locker. Yes, I remember my locker number;
no, I won't remember the conversation we had ten minutes ago.

Of course I wandered around the halls and took pictures of all the things. There's a certain hometown pride that you never do shed, no matter how terrible or crazy your high school experience was.

The gym. There are no words for how much I hated gym class.
The gym. There are no words for how much I hated gym class.

And even as I snapped a picture of the bleachers, closed, BLAZES spelled out in blue and white facing the basketball court, I understood why folks would think I was nuts to be in that building, again, on purpose. Some of my friends reacted with shock when I told them I was visiting my old high school. "You're so brave!" they said. Or "why would you want to go there?" Well, here's the thing: No matter how terrible my experience was when I was in high school, I might have the power to make some students have a less terrible time, and that makes every bad day worth it. In fact, before I even got back to the house that afternoon, one of the teachers had a blog post up quoting a student from the middle school:
"I liked that she told us she had been bullied, but she is now a successful author, because I was bullied too. If she can work through it, so can I."

And that is why I went back. Not for the selfies. Not to sell books (though I did sell a few, THANK YOU!). Not to tell my old history teacher that I still have stress dreams about her class (though I did, sorry not sorry). I went back because kids need to hear that there's another side. I'm here and you can be, too, whatever your other side looks like. Poets and writers and artists, go visit your old classrooms. Knock on the doors. Teens need hope and, I'd like to think, that art is hope.

http://www.ekristinanderson.com


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Hello :heart:

On behalf of the Glory-Be-Project, I'm very happy to welcome you into our group, and wish you all the best in your year-long-writing-adventure :la:
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Biography for E. Kristin Anderson:

E. Kristin Anderson is a writer of many things, most recently branching out into the heady world of commissions for the writing of biographies for other people.
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