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Poems for Literacy

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Me reading my poem at Smith College - 2013
For the past 3 Novembers, I have been part of the30 Poems in November fundraiser for The Center of New Americans.  The Center, or as we say, CNA, is an amazing organization that supports immigrants and refugees in finding and obtaining the resources they need to be productive community members and/or citizens, especially literacy.

As many of you know, I am a teacher and citizenship assistant at CNA.  I love my work and am dedicated to my students and clients.  Participating in 30 Poems in November is a joy!   

I have no problems writing 30 poems during the month.  However, what I do have difficulty with is raising the $500 I have pledged.  I only work part-time, so my finances are limited.  This is where YOU come in.

I am humbly asking if my friends and family could donate $5 or $10 to support my pledge. 

Some people have asked me why am I doing this again - didn't they pledge last year?  Yes, but CNA is a non-profit organization.  We rely on …

The Last Conception by Gabriel Constans

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This week, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a new book, The Last Conception that I found captivating as well as enlightening.  The Last Conception  surprised me in that it kept me glued to the computer screen.  Right in the middle of reading it, my computer crashed.  You know that feeling you get when you are all wrapped in a great episode of your favorite series, like Dr. Who and suddenly the credits start rolling before things are resolved?  Well, that was me a few weeks ago when the computer crashed and I had to wait to upload the book again.

Anyway, fellow educator and writer, Gabriel Constans, the author of this book has been so patient with me.  He has also been most gracious in answering a few questions I had when I first started reading his story about a young, professional woman from the East Indian culture, who finds herself in the middle of Major - with a capital M! - life choices.  

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Gabriel, how did you come to write about the Indian culture?

Writing about East I…