Long Way Down—Jason Reynolds’s bestselling novel in verse—makes its way to the Kennedy Center. Reynolds, a member of Planet Word’s Advisory Board, talked to us about empathy, the theatrical adaptation of his novel, and the importance of telling stories like Long Way Down.
Soccer and poetry might not seem to have much in common, but one local non-profit unites them toward a common goal: empowering kids. DC SCORES runs free, year-round soccer programs and poetry workshops for thousands of kids in the District, fostering both teamwork and creative expression. Representatives Tony Francavilla and Charity Blackwell chatted with us about the program and shared some stories about their young poet-athletes.
Kids from around the country gather each year to test their spelling skills at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But what does it take to make it onto that stage? We talked to 1982 winner Molly Dieveney Baker about the dedication, discipline, and community that made her a champion.
Has the internet changed the way new words enter our collective vocabulary? How do dictionary makers figure out what words having staying power and which will be obsolete in a month? How does a modern dictionary function in this ever-changing language landscape? Lexicographer and radio host Grant Barrett weighs in.
Kathleen Diamond is a trailblazer in the multibillion-dollar language services industry. Here, she describes her experience as an entrepreneur in the 1980s and offers some advice to today's students and language professionals.