I had never paid much attention to tags and throw-ups. I suppose I always felt that they give graf a "bad name." I'd been noticing so many, though, in my students' black books that I've started to look at them more carefully in the streets. On and off Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, they seem to be everywhere -- on roof tops, behind bushes and on all types of buildings and homes.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.