How has my family or background shaped who I am?

Title

What I Learned From My Mother

Author

Kasdorf, Julia

Type

Reading

Overview

Julia Kasdorf is an award-award winning poet who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. Her earthy, colorful poems draw deeply on lived experience and often reveal an ache for connection and community. "What…

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Title

The Boy Without a Flag

Author

Rodriguez Jr., Abraham

Type

Reading

Overview

Abraham Rodriguez was born and raised in the Bronx, and writes about the hardships of life in inner-city America. "The Boy Without a Flag" revolves around an eleven-year-old Puerto Rican boy's…

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Title

This I Believe

Author

Ali - from Mansfield, TX

Type

Reading

Overview

Ali from Mansfield, TX's essay is written as part of the This I Believe project, founded in 2004 to engage youth and adults in writing, sharing, and discussing essays about the core values that…

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Title

Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter

Author

Divakaruni, Chitra

Type

Reading

Overview

Chitra Divakaruni was born in Calcutta, India in 1956. When she was 19, she immigrated to the United States. The short story "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter" was published in two parts in The…

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