ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Koch has taught writing at both the University of Iowa and Adrian College, Michigan, where he is currently Professor of English Emeritus. He has a secondary specialization in African American Studies. He has worked with the National Writing Project for over thirty years in Iowa and Michigan, directing the Southeast Michigan Writing Project. He has taught Advanced Institutes on Culturally Sustaining Teaching for the Oakland, Michigan, Writing Project.
He cowrote The Portfolio Guidebook, with Jean Petterson, published by Christopher Gordon, and also published articles on teaching in Language Arts, English Journal, English Education and other journals. He lives in Pittsburgh and serves on the Core Leadership of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project at the University of Pittsburgh.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
All photographs in this book of Mama, the calico cat, (including the back-cover photo with her owner) are provided by William Pelletier, an art photographer and lover of cats who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.