Faye Rapoport DesPres

Two new blog recommendations

I haven’t been blogging too much lately, but a couple of writers worth checking out have been…so I’m writing a quick note to recommend their new blogs:

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 6.03.17 PMHome Trained by award-winning author (and, luckily for me, one of my former teachers) Laban Carrick Hill is already shaping up as a book-waiting-to-be-published. Laban tackles his own life and history in memoir posts that delve into a mystery lurking in his family background. According to the blurb on the site:

Laban Carrick Hill is exploring growing up in a family that was on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement and swung from prosperity to poverty. He is currently a high school teacher in Vermont. He is a co-director and co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana, a nonprofit based in the Ghana and the US. Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award); Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave, Poet (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award), America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America (2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award), Casa Azul (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age 2007), and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (National Book Award Finalist).

Impressive? I think so, too, and I’m so glad Laban is writing this blog.


Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 6.05.53 PMGratitude is as Gratitude Does is the lovely new blog of Faye Snider, who graduated from the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing at the ripe young age of 75. Now in her early 80s and with a number of literary publications under her belt, Faye relates life stories interwoven with the concept of gratitude. In FDR Was My President, for example, she describes what it was like to be a child growing up listening to FDR on the radio. In a 1941 broadcast she heard at the age of nine, her president announced: The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. We are at War.

I hope you enjoy these two worthwhile blogs. I do!