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Feedback on past issues
The article [“Designs for Life,” Spring 2022] is spot
on. Juan Andrés Ruhana’s empathy and compassion are his greatest assets and will take him far.
Zaquoya Tinsley, Minneapolis
I want to thank you for publishing the article by
Annie Zheng on the English Department finally
having a home in Pillsbury. [“A Place for Words,”
Winter 2022]. I was delighted to learn that words
are getting new respect at the University and
that creative writing will be included. I am wondering if there will also be a unit on writing for
children? There should be. I say this even though
I believe the only way to learn to write is by writing and finding a critique group that encourages
and pulls no punches. In my experience, writers
learn from other writers who are generous and
help each other.
Here at the U of M we are fortunate in
having the Kerlan Collection of children’s book
manuscripts and illustrations right on campus.
The Children’s Research Center at Andersen
Library is a treasure that I wish more people were
aware of, and now there is a campaign started
to fund an endowed chair for the curator at the
Kerlan. My relationship with the Kerlan began
when I was working on my B.S. degree in the
then-College of Education and the Kerlan rooms
became my home base. It is still a welcoming
place for students, writers, teachers, and children’s books enthusiasts.
Norma Bondeson Gaffron, B.S. ’76, New Brighton, Minnesota
Former board member of Friends of the Kerlan