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This teaching supplement is organized around typical questions with answers from critics and commentators of the last few centuries, including ba...
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Macbeth Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to envision the play, an...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Director's Playbook is one of a series of Shakespeare Playbooks designed for prospective directors and producers to env...
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This Supplement Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin includes background material on Harriet Beecher Stowe, the setting, glossary, critical comments at t...
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This Supplement Edition: Sappho, The Poems (ISBN 0-978-942208-40-5) is meant to coordinate with the classbook Sappho: The Poems (see below) to t...
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Past centuries have tried mightily to erase Sappho from history, but we still have fragments from the person who initiated lyric poetry, and, we ...
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This Supplement to the Apology of Socrates and The Crito is built for teachers. The book gives the same text as the student textbook of The Apolo...
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This Supplement Edition: Areopagitica, Freedom of the Press has the same text as the classroom textbook (see below), with a wealth of the critica...
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This Supplement Edition: Leaves of Grass 1855 Edition is intended to be used in conjunction with the classbook text Original Leaves of Grass 1855...
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Harriet Beecher Stowe's blockbuster novel changed the heated debate about slavery in the U.S. before the Civil War. She showed the good and the b...
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The Beechers (ISBN 978-0-942208-44-3) was originally a long-running radio play based on the Beecher family, which includes luminaries Henry Ward ...
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The plays are: As You Like It, Cymbeline, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venic...
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This oversize (8.5"x8.5") book is designed for directors, with ample space (50 square inches per scene) for your conceptions, sketches, notes, di...
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This bilingual book, with color art by Alvaro Suman, tells key stories in the culture of Mexico, from creation of people to Quetzalcoatl, La Llor...
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This slim volume is a favorite for writing teachers, and especially for students without a clue. In this two-hour read, one is led to a straight...
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Ghalib was a 19th-century Indian court poet, from a family of mercenaries with an ancestry from the Seljuk Turks. Orphaned young, he made his way...
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While in prison after one of his protests against British rule, Gandhi wrote a brief version in English of the holiest book in Hinduism, the Bhag...
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A good exercise in thinking; Poe shares some of his thoughts on how one might investigate intelligently. Poe created the genre of detective stori...
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, for his translation, gathered poetry of the young upstarts in Italy who were creating the first vulgar language literatur...
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Plato was a witness to the trial of Socrates, though he may have created the Crito dialogue after the fact. Socrates, facing penalties because of...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

College publisher of humanities texts: law, poli sci, US history, poetry, writing/language books. Writer, translator, editor. published "underground newspaper" in Iowa City (Middle Earth), Five years in the publishing industry in New York City. Six years Mudborn Press (poetry, magazine), radio programming. 30 years college publishing Bandanna Books 25 years book designer Black Sparrow Press

MY TEACHING STYLE

My aim is to stimulate student initiative with publications, techniques, networking that make the process of learning authentic and natural. Teacher as facilitator. The latest 2012 project has been a dozen Shakespeare Playbooks, which greatly expand the text for directors to add their own notes and sketches, stage diagrams for placement of sets, and special sections for the Producer (budget, publicity campaign, designing a playbill), Set Designer, Costumer, Stage Management, plus glossary, chart of entrances and exits for quick reference. "A producer's dream. Just add actors," says Paul Freeman. If you're considering staging Twelfth Night, or Hamlet or ten other Shakespeare plays, the Playbook will help you envision the play your way, keep track of details, coordinate all the elements that go into a production. Most important may be to make the decision whether or not to do the play at all. This format lets you see what's required to assemble a team and do it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

excellence in book design (Rounce & Coffin).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA, MA University of Iowa in English Two years teaching in Peace Corps (Tanzania) occasional workshops on self-publishing and writing.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

25 years with Black Sparrow Press, independent publishing since 1974. Active in virtual worlds. Transgender since 1995.