Jim Sadwith was a boarding school student in the 1960s when he first read "The Catcher in the Rye." He immediately saw himself in the character of Holden. Jim's dream had been to become an actor, and now his dream was to play Holden Caulfield on stage. So he wrote a play based on "The Catcher in the Rye"—and he set out to find the reclusive J.D. Salinger to get his permission to perform it. Also in the show: A man finds luck at the track.
When Fran Richey's son, Ben, went to West Point, they started arguing about politics. After he joined Special Forces and went to Iraq, they pretty much stopped communicating, and Fran took refuge in writing poems. Also in the show: Recovering the bricks from your high school.
For her high school drama class this spring, teacher Bonnie Dickinson had what she thought was a compelling idea: she'd have her students create a play about the war in Iraq. Barely two months into the project, her principal at Wilton High School in Connecticut told her that the play was biased and could not be produced. Bonnie admits she was ready to give in - but then the story drew national attention.
Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian - American Writer. He had planned to fly into Haiti on the day of the earthquake - but he did not. When the quake happened, Patrick was safe in the US. Later, he went to Haiti to help the people. He's made some sense of his own emotion through his contribution to the new book, Haiti Noir.