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Nancy Snyder

I am a left coast native and writer; my working life began after studying at San Francisco State University; I have been an office worker and a labor organizer; longtime freelance writer covering books and labor and assorted cultural and political issues.

A Guide To Poems By Gwendolyn Brooks

The power and the beauty of poems by Gwendolyn Brooks has been a constant companion of mine. If you're a new reader of hers, this is where to start. 

5 Books To Comprehend Global Migration and the Refugee Experience

Pick up a book or more from this list of extraordinary anthologies and poetry books about global migration and the refugee experience.

31 Of The Top Children’s Books

What books do children (and their parents, teachers, school librarians) return to again and again to soothe a toddler to ...

Literary Tourism: Concord, Massachusetts

Take a trip to the historical literary city of Concord, Massachusetts, home of some of the biggest names in American writer history.

The Writer’s Perfect Pen

One reader considers how great writing accelerates with the perfect pen.

Shakespeare Retold Through Ballet

For the past 250 years, Shakespeare has served as inspiration for various types of dance. Get to know the ballet adaptations of Shakespeare.

The Benefits of Leading a Bookish Life in 2020

We know it in our hearts, and studies and commentary on the benefits of leading a literary life continue to confirm that reading is good for us.

The Best Pablo Neruda Poems: 5 of His Classic Works

Want to read more of Pablo Neruda's work? Start with five of the best Pablo Neruda poems to get a taste of his work and style. 

4 of the Best Free Holiday Short Stories Online About Season’s Drama

If you find the holidays more foreboding than cheerful, find someone to relate to in these 4 free holiday short stories available to read online.

Inequality and Want: Scenes From A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A roundup of quotes from A CHRISTMAS CAROL on the themes of inequality and want.

The History Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A brief history of the story behind Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Holiday Tales From 6 Women Poets

Six holiday tales from women poets to help you find the end-of-the-year spirit.

Poetry Finds Beauty in Winter

Don't let the cold weather get you down--celebrate the season and take a moment to reflect with these beautiful poems about winter.

7 Women Writers Reveal Their Storytelling Passions

This reader turned to quotes about storytelling from a few excellent women writers to answer the eternal question of why we write.

Santa Monica Public Library Reads THE HATE U GIVE

A reader attended the Santa Monica Public Library's book club discussion about THE HATE U GIVE and shares the library's list of further reading.