Walking along some of the side streets off Broadway in Bed Stuy -- where it borders on Bushwick -- Tara and I discovered quite a few abandoned and boarded up buildings. Directly across the street from one of them, I noticed a teddy bear dangling from a wall. As I approached it, I saw a man on a sofa bed, apparently awake -- as he warmly greeted me. I asked him if I could take his photo. He readily agreed. I feel a bit awkward about it, though. I plan to return to this spot to speak to him.
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.