Rise Up Review

I’m pleased to announce I’ve had a poem published in the summer edition of Rise Up Review. The poem is a based on my experiences and observations working in an elementary school the week after Parkland.

It is a true story, with only a small measure of poetic license.

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I spent much of the past school year subbing as an Instructional Aide in our local school district, exploring whether to go into teaching as a new career path. The work was especially poignant the week after the Parkland shooting.

I love spending time with children. They are bright and clear lights in these increasingly contentious and unsettling times. Whether I’ll go into teaching or not, I do not know, but I do know this: Something has to change with our nation’s gun safety laws, and I am 100% sure that change should not be to hand me a gun. 




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