by Victoria Olsen (Writers 7)
If love comes first, what comes second? Death, Jong implies in this collection of mature poems by the well-established feminist writer. She writes about losing friends, hospital visits, aging relationships, but also the immortality of art and beauty. The common denominator in this diverse and accomplished collection is love, the glue that holds all these relationships together and makes the struggles bearable. continue
by Rachael Bregman (Woodhull Alumna)
Gary-window contractor doing work and living at ASYV. Mid 40’s just moved here from Canada, wife and 2 year old are coming along soon. The work here is good and there is ample room to make a living since there is so much growth. Muzungu Kagame does some shady stuff (Gary told me about the arrests and that he thought the people from the leveled, tin-roof shacks were getting screwed into a worse financial and living situation-much like similar measures in America during gentrifying efforts…people being duped to sell their homes to make room for super highways…ahhh, the lure and power of the almighty dollar…) Everything here has to be done on time for inauguration in three weeks or else my counter-part here is in real trouble. If Kagame does not like it, my guy might go to jail. continue
In Response To “Finding and Treating Depression in Teenagers” published in the New York Times on March 30, 2009. The following letter to the editor was printed on April 12, 2009.
by Leeat Granek (Woodhull Alumna)
To the Editor:
The United States Preventive Services Task Force suggests routine depression screening for teenagers because the disorder has become so widespread. If it is indeed true that 6 percent of American teenagers, or close to two million adolescents, are clinically depressed, the solution is not more screening. The only thing this will accomplish is more diagnoses of even mild cases of the blues, more prescriptions for drugs, and more hours on the therapist’s couch.
We should be focusing our money, time and resources on finding out why so many teenagers are depressed. Instead of pulling kids out of the proverbial river one by one, let’s focus on what is pushing them downstream in the first place.
Toronto, March 30, 2009
The writer is a researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital and Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center in Toronto.
I recently had the opportunity to work in LA, across the country and around the world with artists and activists on a new version of “HaTikvah” (Israel’s national anthem)
Called “Hope Remixed”, this “Hativkah” Beat-Boxing video is an expression of hope and optimism, with a new beat. In a time when the image of Israel is too often of war and conflict, “Hope Remixed” celebrates Israel’s diversity, beauty, history, and modernity.
An amazing woman produced this video – Maital Guttman. She brought together collaborators, including my own fabulous producer (Glenn Grossman- my fiance and co-writer) created beats and vocal parts for me to do on the mix. And yes, you’ll see little snippets of yours truly in the video as well. (Full credits below) continue
Tara Bracco (Woodhull Faculty) read her works at a show for Poetic People Power show on universal health care presented on April 11, 2007 at the Bowery Poetry Club. See her readings at the Facebook links below: