Mary Jo's Most Recent Stories

  • December 19, 2014

    Eighty nine year-old retired educator Kevin Bunnell writes a poem in honor of the 16-year-old Mikinly Sullivan, who once a week comes to the Frasier Meadows retirement community in Boulder, Colorado as part of a Cyber Seniors program. The program enlists high school students to teach computer and internet skills to senior citizens. Continue reading

  • December 4, 2014

    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine is fascinated with stories about the interactions — both intimate and large scale — between the races. In her latest book of poetry, “Citizen: An American Lyric”, Rankine intersperses small vignettes about everyday injustices with longer prose poems about the violent deaths of black men after confrontations with police. Continue reading

  • May 20, 2014

    “It’s not just about the work on the page, it’s about where you put your feet when you get out of bed in the morning.” That was the mantra of Eloise Klein Healy when she created the graduate writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. One of the program’s graduates, Gina Loring, was inspired by that in her own work with incarcerated teens. Continue reading

  • April 15, 2014

    With political reforms underway in Myanmar, the once closed-off country is opening up to the world. That process is raising a new concern: How will economic development impact the country’s architectural and archaeological past? Continue reading

  • March 13, 2014

    That poem, written by 18-year-old Jada, has become his mantra, of sorts. He began writing poetry five years ago, when he was a patient at a state psychiatric hospital in Lakewood, Wash. There he participated in the Pongo Writing Project, a poetry program that has been working with troubled teens for nearly two decades. Jada, a pen name, says writing has helped him cope with life. “I was in foster care for ten years, group homes, institutions, so when I wrote, it gave me a release to get everything out. It wasn’t that I was trying to be an artist or be creative. It was more like: this needs to get out before something happens.” Continue reading