Tag Archives: Unemployment

Standing in a Long Unemployment Line

Poet Philip Levine knows what it is to stand in a long line looking for work.

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Feeling the Pinch During the Holidays

Barbara Kingsolver gives a vivid depiction of life for the working poor during the holiday season.

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The Hunger Games & the Job Market

“The Hunger Games” captures how my students see the contemporary job situation.

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Laureate Philip Levine, Working Class Poet

Raised in Michigan and once a factory worker, Philip Levine, our new poet laureate, often writes about rustbelt desolation, as he does in “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit.”

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A Book to Read While Looking for Work

Can a love of literature help you find work?  Jody Costa, a former student of mine, had the opportunity to find out this past year. I asked Jody to write a post to provide insight into how literature enters into the lives of 20-something college graduates wrestling with the rough economy. She discovered, as you […]

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