Will My Name Be Shouted Out

Will My Name Be Shouted Out

by Stephen O'Connor


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Will My Name Be Shouted Out by Stephen O'Connor

Putting a human face on dire statistics about inner-city schools, Stephen O'Connor describes how his junior high school students--struggling to make sense of lives touched by violence, poverty, and broken families--discovered their own voices by writing and performing two plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684832104
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 09/02/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 0.85(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen O’Connor is the author of three books: Rescue (a collection of short fiction and poetry), Will My Name Be Shouted Out? (a work of memoir and social analysis), and Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed (a narrative history). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, The New England Review, and elsewhere. His poetry has been in Poetry Magazine, The Missouri Review, Agni, Knockout, and Green Mountains Review. His essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

O’Connor is the recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University, the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society, and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. He teaches in the writing MFA programs of Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence. For eight years he directed and taught in Teachers & Writers Collaborative’s flagship creative writing program at a public school in New York City. He has received a B.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, both in English literature. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part 1Innocence and Guilt15
Chapter 1I Wish My Life Will Be Good17
Chapter 2A Devil Eating the Glasses25
Part 2On This Day a Poor Boy Died39
Chapter 3New York and Bensonhurst41
Chapter 4Do You Know How Death Feels?73
Chapter 5That's How Life Really Is93
Chapter 6Strength and Compassion111
Play: On This Day a Poor Boy Died129
Chapter 7Hell in a Handbasket143
Chapter 8Whites163
Chapter 9We're Gonna Save This Girl173
Chapter 10You Can do Anything You Want with Your Life193
Part 3Will My Name Be Shouted Out?209
Chapter 11I Can Be Hurt By You211
Chapter 12You've Got to Show Them the Way Out237
Chapter 13Hoping to Be Free257
Chapter 14Miracle Workers271
Play: Will My Name Be Shouted Out?285
Chapter 15There's Never a Good Day, No Matter What309
Chapter 16I Don't Want to Relive My Past333
Chapter 17I Told You I Couldn't Do It355
Conclusion: Changing the World371

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