Four Questions for Simon Armitage, Winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
For the first time in my life I was bilingual, even if I could only communicate with people who had been dead for half a millennium. More
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School district slaps warning labels on books with #LGBTQ characters
Even the innocuous picture book "Everywhere Babies" got a warning label "like something you might see on a cigarette package."
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/08/school-district-slaps-warning-labels-books-lgbtq-characters/ via @lgbtqnation #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA