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.
She uses just the one name, but don’t be fooled by that brevity. Dessa, a rapper from Minneapolis, has earned a following with her song-writing skills and her work with the hip hop collective Doomtree.