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Holly Thompson
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Freeman Book Award
I was so pleased to learn recently that my verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth  won a National Consortium for Teaching About Asia  2016 Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention in the Young Adult/Middle School Literature category. 2016 Freeman Book Awar...

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Thoughts on 3/11 and the Tomo Anthology 6 years after

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Bokusui Wakayama in Numazu
Last week Poetry Friday found me in Numazu City in Shizuoka. So I stopped in at the memorial museum of the naturalist tanka poet Bokusui Wakayama (若山牧水 Wakayama Bokusui in Japanese name order; 1885-1928). Bokusui Wakayama was born in Kyushu and traveled ext...

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This December
This week marked the 75 th anniversary of the attack
on Pearl Harbor. In this complicated year, the political winds are harsh, and
yet this August, President Obama visited Hiroshima and later this month Prime
Minister of Japan will visit the USS Arizona Mem...

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Community Meals
Today I'll join a group of educators for a potluck Thanksgiving meal in Yokohama. For my contribution, I chose to cook up locally grown vegetables that I bought from the Kamakura Ichiba-- Kamakura Vegetable Market . As I was peeling and chopping, I was thin...

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"Fear" and "Kudzu"
On the day the election results were announced, I arrived in Western Massachusetts for a brief visit. The Pioneer Valley is a rich center of activism, education, arts, and revived small farms. Here are my two poems for this #Poetry Friday. Fear does not dis...

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Here's the write-up of SCBWI Japan Translation Day 2016 in Yokohama--Japanese Children's Lit in English #JapanKidLit

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Snow Bones and Japan Writers Conference
On October 29-30 the annual  Japan Writers Conference (JWC) was held at Tokushima University in Shikoku. JWC is held at a different location in Japan each year, and I welcomed the excuse to journey to the island of Shikoku.  At the two-day conference for wr...

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Mikan Groves
It's that season! The mikan harvest is in full swing. This week I spent a day working at the farm where I did my research for my verse novel Orchards and an adult novel (currently taking a nap). See some of my other mikan farming posts:  here ,  here ,  her...

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Poetry Camp!
Last week I was a camper again. I joined with forty Poetry Friday Anthology poets for a day of professional development workshops and discussion, followed by a day of poetry presentations and activities for the public. Poets came from far and wide. Verse no...
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