readergirlz April Issue
The April issue of readergirlz is now online. This month’s book is On Pointe (Affiliate Link) by Lorie Ann Grover, a verse novel about a ballet dancer who finds herself getting too tall for her passion. As April is National Poetry Month, a verse novel is an especially appropriate choice. My local library system has only one copy of On Pointe, and that copy is on hold for someone distinctly not me. That’s good; it means it’s getting read! None of the local bookstores have it, either; I just ordered it from Amazon, and expect to have it read by mid-month.
This month’s issue of readergirlz includes a playlist, community challenge, slideshow, party ideas, discussion questions, author interview, and recommended reads. The first song on the playlist, “Video” (Affiliate Link) by India Arie, is one of my favorite songs in recent years.
For more books about dancers, take a look at Little Willow’s I Am a Dancer booklist. To read about real-life dance experiences, read her article Dance Dreams.
This is the website of Kimberly Hirsh. The subtitle of this site comes from the description of woodland goth on the Aesthetics wiki.
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I acknowledge that I live and work on unceded Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Shakori land. I give respect and reverence to those who came before me. I thank Holisticism for the text of this land acknowledgement.
We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.