Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose
Edited by Chad Sweeney
"For Minahal and the anthology's other firty-nine contributors, the place of poetry and fiction in their students' lives proves indisputably relevant. With grit and sophistication, this collection chronicles the use of art as creative social instrument, and attests to literature's enduring contemporary importance." —Rachel Mennies
"Some 50 writers in the San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Bronx WriterCorps programs reflect on teaching and its effect on their writing, then offer a sample of their own poetry or prose. Reconciling dual identities, honoring ancestors, shouting out, coming out, or just learning to listen are treated with vibrancy, wisdom, and style." —Gail Hall Howard
"The next time you get to thinking such government sponsored programs don't work, check out this book. It will inspire you and make you proud at the same time."
The Brooklyn Rail
"This anthology cuts across the board. It's an important sampler, not only of poetry, but also of the rainbow underbelly in the rough hoods of Washington, DC, San Francisco, and the Bronx. It is also valuable as a chronicle of hope and a reminder that poetry is a shared endeavor. " —Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
The Bloomsbury Review
"This stunning and important gathering of writers fuses creative work with intimate testaments to the power of writing to change the lives of both students and teachers."