Gretchen Rumohr is Chief Curator of YA Wednesday. She serves as a professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at Aquinas College, where she teaches writing and language arts methods. She is also a Co-Director of the UNLV Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature. She lives with her four girls and a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier in west Michigan.
I've been fortunate to work with colleagues Steven Bickmore, Shelly Shaffer, and Steffany Maher on a book project that focuses on the Toe Tag Monologues, a greater Las Vegas dramatic troupe founded by R. Byron Stringer. Focusing on diverse youth, the Toe Tag Monologues address youth trauma that often results in deaths of marginalized students. Currently, we are drafting a book about how Stringer's monologues can be used in tandem with Young Adult Literature in secondary classrooms. The writing has been interesting and seems to evolve the more we know about young people and the challenges they face.
We were fortunate to have R. Byron Stringer serve as our keynote. He was able to provide more information on the Monologues and moved us toward meaningful discussion.