The One Book One College committee has selected Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin as the college book this year. It is the story of a gender fluid high school student, Riley Cavanaugh, who encounters bullying and other forms of abuse from classmates. To make matters worse, Riley’s father is a conservative congressman which often puts his family in the spotlight. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog.
Write a poem related to the book in some way. Do you ever feel alone and misunderstood…anxious or depressed? Perhaps you want to express being a loner, outside of the “in” group. Did you see someone bullied in school and wish you had stood up for that person? These are only suggestions.
Submissions are due Monday, November 16th by 4:00pm. Email it to Professor Ian Jones firstname.lastname@example.org.
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