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New column: “End of semester crunch time”

It’s that time of year: crunch time for teachers, students, and parents. And I am buried beneath a pile of papers. Help! Kidding. Only a little. That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News. To read, … Continue reading

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New column: “Book clubs and dreaming big”

It’s a special thing, as a first-time novelist, to visit book clubs. A dream come true, really. But it’s especially lovely when you get to be the guest at the book club of your 6th grade Language Arts teacher, like … Continue reading

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New column: “Do all the things. Try all the stuff.”

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Oh, how I hope that today has been filled with friends, family, great food and good cheer for all of you. My column this week in The Greenville News, however, is not about Thanksgiving. It’s about being … Continue reading

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New newspaper column: “Teacher appreciation”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is for the teachers. In my case, for one in particular: my high school AP English teacher, Ms. Sue Wilson. She’s the kind of teacher everyone wishes they had. To read, click here.  

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Today’s newspaper column: “King’s ‘Letter’ holds lessons to remember”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is about the best letter I’ve ever read–Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”–and why I teach it to my college students each semester. February is also Black History Month, of course, so … Continue reading

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Being an Adjunct Professor Isn’t for Sissies

This coming Fall (2015) will mark my 10th year teaching English at the small, private, liberal arts college in North Carolina that I love. I teach among colleagues and writers I like and admire. Every semester I devote my time, … Continue reading

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Catching Up: Two New Newspaper Columns

Hi, all, Well, what with my oldest starting kindergarten last week, the Labor Day Weekend, and my youngest starting preschool, I have been remiss about posting the links to my last two newspaper columns. Here they are, and I hope … Continue reading

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For the History Lovers & Fans of Historical Fiction

Or, for you history dorks like me … First, here’s a new, FREE online course offered by coursera and Bruce Holsinger, an author and professor at the University of Virginia. It’s called “Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical … Continue reading

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