Dutch artist Lisa van Noorden has created cuddly dolls of children soldiers, along with cuddly dolls of "lucky" children. Each child tells his or her own story. The remarkable series -- likely to appeal to children, as well as adults, -- is on exhibit at umbrage in Dumbo through 1/10. This image is of "Labeeb from Palestine."
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.