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When You All Write

What a pleasure, and what a privilege it is to be in this room.

One of my favorite sounds in the whole world is the sound of students typing.

I love the sound of students telling stories, bringing ideas to life, giving them depth, and sharpening their voices.

And I think for a moment of human specimens from hundreds of thousands of years ago, when they marked the first caves with their own unique storytelling symbols.

Did they know just how far their marks would go? Do we know how far our words might go?

Listen to us now.

What a pleasure, and what a privilege it is to be in this room.

J.T.

EPISODE 31 – THELMA REYNA, GOLDEN FOOTHILLS PRESS

In our thirty-first episode, listeners meet Dr. Thelma Reyna, P.h.D., editor-in-chief of Golden Foothills Press in Altadena, California, and an accomplished author of more than ten books, including nonfiction, poetry anthologies, and more. Dr. Reyna describes her upbringing as a baby boomer, whose formative years were spent with her working-class family in the small conservative town of Kingsville, Texas, followed by her eventual journey to Pasadena, California. She also tells us about two books she published this year, including Dearest Papa: A Memoir in Poems,a tribute to her late husband of 50 years, as well as When The Virus Came Calling: COVID-19 Strikes America, an anthology of work by 46 different authors, including Richard Blanco, President Obama’s Poet Laureate at his 2013 inauguration, not to mention, work by yours truly.

J.T.