How has my family or background shaped who I am?

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Gate A-4

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Poet and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952 to an American mother and a Palestinian father. She lived in Jordan and Jerusalem before settling…

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Preconceptions

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Toure's article, “Preconceptions,” published in The New York Times in 2011, opens with a discussion of whether spanking is an essential aspect of the black parent-child experience. Toure's preconception that…

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What I Learned From My Mother

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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…

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The Boy Without a Flag

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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…