This afternoon, we went to Union Square Park to check out the 12 structures by the "Sukkah City" finalists. Though some were stunning and all were impressive, this one is my personal favorite. The two designers, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, constructed this Sukkah from cardboard signs they had purchased from homeless folks. I love the concept of the Sukkah -- a temporary shelter -- as a reminder of (or homage to) those who don't have a roof over their heads.
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.