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Author Becky Albertalli with her book collection.

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 12: Becky Albertalli & Scott Leadingham On Literature Helping Form Identity

In this unique episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” NWPB’s Scott Leadingham interviews author Becky Albertalli. The two talk about identity, representation of LGBTQIA+ books in school libraries, and how people come out and present themselves to the world. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 12: Becky Albertalli & Scott Leadingham On Literature Helping Form Identity

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book cover - House of Sticks - by Ly Tran

BOOK REVIEW: ‘House Of Sticks’ Is An Immigrant Success Story With Filial Bonds At The Core

Ly Tran’s memoir House of Sticks brings to mind both the story of The Three Little Pigs and the myth of the unassimilated other in Francois Truffaut’s The Wild Child (L’Enfant Sauvage), in its unsentimental yet deeply moving examination of filial bond, displacement, war trauma, and poverty. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘House Of Sticks’ Is An Immigrant Success Story With Filial Bonds At The Core

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Image of Will O'Neal and Renee Love from Backyard Harvest.

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 11: Backyard Harvest On The Importance Of Food And Community

In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” Will O’Neal and Renee Love, leaders within the organization Backyard Harvest, share how the group serves its community and how both they and many of their volunteers got a close-up view of food insecurity within local households. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 11: Backyard Harvest On The Importance Of Food And Community

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - so-called Black Wall Street before 2021 massacre

Artist’s Black Wall Street Project Is About Tulsa 100 Years Ago — And Today

Artist Paul Rucker is fearless when it comes to taking on terrible moments in American history. One of them, in Tulsa, Okla., was destroyed by a white mob 100 years ago, on May 31, 1921. The catastrophic attack on what was known as Black Wall Street might be the worst single episode of racial violence in American history, with 35 city blocks of Black community destroyed and flattened. Continue Reading Artist’s Black Wall Street Project Is About Tulsa 100 Years Ago — And Today

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A photo of poet Ryka Aoki

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” author Ryka Aoki shares how growing up in the U.S., she had a hard time seeing what happens on a societal level, but still wants it to be better, as well as her personal experiences as a transgender woman. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

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