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Homeboy Poets in the LA Times


Today’s excellent LA Times Column One story by Erika Hayasaki is about my friend, novelist Leslie Schwartz, and the writing class that she first began as part of the PEN USA-sponsored Homeboy Stories Project that I originally posted about here and here last spring.

The story focuses on two of the class members—one a talented and troubled ten-year old named Freddy, the other an ex-con, ex-homeboy in his early 30’s named Hector Verdugo who, with Leslie’s help, has discovered he has real promise as a writer.

If you can make the time to read the story (and look at Annie Wells’ wonderful photos), I promise, you won’t be sorry.


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