Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories


From: Pasadena Now

Jervey-Tervalon-and-Tom-CostonPasadena non-profit Light Bringer Project is about to launches the fifth issue of its online literary journal created by local authors as a resource for engaging and inspiring underserved public school students with relatable stories that are often missing in textbooks.

“Literature For Life” provides greater Los Angeles area young people with tailor-­made lesson plans designed to help teachers introduce locally-produced writing and artwork into their classrooms, so that students may see themselves and their communities better represented in their curriculum.

The free resource is published in two issues a year and contains a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and artwork from both award-winning authors and emerging young writers.

“The idea is to introduce current contemporary literature in the main from Los Angeles emerging writers into the classrooms of underserved public schools,” explained Tom Coston, president of Light Bringer Project.

“Ultimately, the bottom-line is to cultivate a love of reading and writing again by making stories that are relatable and current for students that have to do with their lives that are things that they can easily identify with.”

“Literature For Life” was created in 2011 by Altadena author Jervey Tervalon who spent five years as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District being dissatisfied with the textbooks that he was forced to use with his lesson plans.

“I hated the textbooks. They’re so expensive and they never reflect the diversity of California, and our region like Pasadena. What we’re trying to do is break that wall and make it possible for kids of color in particular to see themselves in reading material,” said Tervalon.

Tervalon’s professional experience which includes being named a Los Angeles Times best-selling author of five books and holding faculty at major institutions such as UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara, has allowed him to recruit emerging writers to contribute to the online journal. Read Rest of Article Here


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