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Archives for March 2003

The Outsiders, Fat Freddy, and Me

Incredible as it sounds, at least to me, I have been involved with young adult literature for thirty-three years now, which makes me and the genre almost exact contemporaries. It began in 1967–68, and I began working with it in 1970. This entitles me, I suppose, to call myself a YA matriarch — or at […]

Editorial: The Truth’s Superb Surprise

It’s hard to figure just who is more naive: Laura Bush or America’s poets. For her part, Mrs. Bush had invited several prominent American poets to the White House to participate in a symposium celebrating the work of Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. But hearing that the symposium was going to be hijacked […]