Daya Rao -- whose art studies have brought her to Italy this summer -- reports that portraits of Michael Jackson, along with those of the Mona Lisa, are appearing on the sidewalks of Florence. Thanks, Daya and husband, Jayesh Rao, who took this photo and sent it to me.
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.