Christopher McIlroy Here I Am a Writer

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Here I Am a Writer

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9780982740910: Here I Am a Writer

HERE I AM A WRITER contains poems and stories produced by teacher Christopher "Kit" McIlroy's Native American students involved in the school ArtsReach program in Arizona. A decade or more after these intensive writing sessions took place, McIlroy went in search of the young writers who'd opened their hearts in his classes, to see how they'd fared in the intervening years and if they were still writing at all. What he chronicles is as much his journey of discovery as theirs.

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Christopher "Kit" McIlroy teaches writing in the Tucson, Arizona, area. In 1987 he co-founded ArtsReach, a writing program for Native American communities in southern Arizona. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Arizona Writers Fellowships, and an Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grant for his fiction writing. His story collection All My Relations won the Flannery O'Connor Award, and the title story was included in Best American Short Stories.

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"[McIlroy] spotlights the work--poetry, fiction, nonfiction--of 10 students, each in turn, and each demonstrating a wisdom beyond their years. ...The results are powerful, heartrending. ...An educator myself, I found it impossible to put down this book."   --Jarret Keene, Tucson Weekly

"One of the co-founders of ArtsReach, a creative-writing program for Native American children started 25 years ago, McIlroy visits some of his former students. ...It is a heartwarming book recounting success and failure and filled with details of Native American life."  --J.C. Martin, Arizona Star

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