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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Feel Fulfilled As An Artist

My mom posted this on my timeline today.  Wise words, especially number 2. 

Who Will be the First Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia ? Maybe You!

Who Will be the First Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia ?

      Philadelphia has always been in the vanguard of the creative arts.  Here is yet another great example that proves this point.  The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is establishing Philadelphia’s first Youth Poet Laureate position.  I just applied and I encourage all my fellow Philly poets to do the same. Here is a link for more information.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meet the 2012 National Student Poets

Lylla Younes
Natalie Richardson

Claire Lee

Luisa Banchoff

Miles Hewitt
BRAVO !!! Congratulations to Luisa Banchoff , Miles Hewitt, Claire Lee, Natalie Richardson and Lylla Younes;  the 2012 National Student Poets 

On Tuesday, these literary luminaries were  officially  appointed  during the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

To lean more about the National Student Poets Program and these winning poets, click here.

Did I mention I was a semi-finalist?  Ah, to dwell in possibility…

Foreign Language Programs for the Summer 2013


This has got to be the longest period of time I haven't posted something.  Pardon!- with a French accent !  I had such a busy summer and now school has resumed. I had an amazing time this past summer, in France, studying Parisian architecture and American expatriates and practicing my French.  Did I mention also gorging on macaroons?   I 've been through the fire and now I can go almost anywhere on the metro.  I also got to visit friends in London during all of that Olympic mania.

Anyway…   Believe it or not, NOW is the time to apply for so many remarkable summer programs, most of which offer financial aid and/or scholarships.  Since I am in a foreign language state of mind, I will share some links to language programs, many of which take you abroad.

Does studying in England, France or Spain interest anyone?  Try Oxbridge Academic Programs, the organization that arranged my studies in France. They are first-class all the way.

How about you guys who are interested in learning critical languages like Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Farsi, Russian, Korean and more?  How about if you want to learn these languages in the countries where they are spoken?  I got you covered.  Check out the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.    It’s an intense process to get selected, but if you do, all expenses are paid and you get to open your mind and heart to another culture.  Here’s more information about the National Security Language Initiative for Youth:

Ok, I know, some of you want to stay stateside, but still want the rigor and intensity of a total language immersion experience.   Look no further.  Here is the link to the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy.  I did the French immersion program a few years ago. AWESOME.  The institute offers the total immersion experience-you sign a pledge not to speak English during your 4-week stay-in Mandarin, Arabic, German, French and Spanish.  You can do it: