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R. Wolf Baldassarro is an American poet, writer, and columnist. He has been a guest on radio, television, and internet podcasts; contributed to various third-party projects; and has material featured in literary publications such as the Mused Literary Review and Punchnel's "Mythic Indy" anthology. In 2011, he founded Banned Books Awareness and Reading for Knowledge, an international literacy campaign and editorial column for World University. A seasoned paranormal investigator, his most popular book to date is "A Ghost Hunter's Field Guide;" and is the author of five other titles and a professional photograph gallery. In 2014 he added actor to his list of accomplishments and will appear in his first feature film as the villainous Klepto King in Aladdin 3477. He has worked for over a decade in behavioral health and holds degrees in psychology and English. For more on his work and media contact information please visit his official website at www.deepforestproductions.com.
Banned Books Awareness: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Banned Books Awareness: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

This is a republish of this article Written in 1937 by Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” tells the story of Janie Crawford, a 16-year-old whose grandmother decides to marry her off to a well-respected man in the community. Fellow censored author, Alice Walker, had this to say about the book: “There is […] … learn more→

Celebrating Freedom: Banned Books Week 2014

Celebrating Freedom: Banned Books Week 2014

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the power of Banned Books Week than to share something wonderful and deeply touching. In the last several months leading up to this year’s Banned Books Week I have been humbled and honored to read and share comments and letters I have received from people all […] … learn more→

Louisiana Lawmaker Says to Defund Libraries and ‘Send Users Back to Mexico’

Louisiana Lawmaker Says to Defund Libraries and ‘Send Users Back to Mexico’

This column has discussed book after book that has been banned and/or challenged for various reasons. Most incidents are the result of ignorance and intolerance, others may even be innocently well-intentioned; but what happens when entire libraries are threatened in order to serve the arrogant hatred of racism from ignorant individuals to push a political […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The Daily Newspaper

Banned Books Awareness: The Daily Newspaper

Satire and editorial cartoons have been a part of political commentary since colonial days; Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” (1754), on the need for unity in the American colonies, is an early example. It has become such an integral part of social dialogue that the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning has been awarding the year’s […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The “Internet Girls” series by Lauren Myracle

Banned Books Awareness: The “Internet Girls” series by Lauren Myracle

The “Internet Girls”, also refered to as the “IM” series, is a trilogy by American author Lauren Myracle written between 2005 and 2008. The Young Adult series consisting of TTYL (2005), TTFN (2007), and L8R, G8R (2008) follows the lives of three friends- Zoe, Maddie, and Angela- as they deal with such topics of high […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Chocolate War”

Banned Books Awareness: “The Chocolate War”

An acting headmaster at Trinity, a private Catholic prep school, goes too far with his ambitions when he forces students to sell twice as many boxes of chocolate at twice the price in an annual school sale; he enlists Archie and the other members of a school group called The Vigils to achieve his selfish […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Literacy is a Lifestyle”

Banned Books Awareness: “Literacy is a Lifestyle”

March is National Reading and Grammar Month here in the United States. It is built around the birthday of Dr. Seuss, as March 2 is honored with a National Read Across America Day. Libraries and schools from coast to coast held reading parties and celebrated the written word; but for all the festivity, we have […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Slavery by Another Name”

Banned Books Awareness: “Slavery by Another Name”

Being that these are the final days of Black History Month 2012, I thought it wise to share a news story that is also sadly apropos to the subject of censorship. The Equal Justice Initiative is a Montgomery, Alabama-based organization founded in 1989 to provide legal representation for the indigent and incarcerated. Bryan Stevenson, director […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Ulysses”

Banned Books Awareness: “Ulysses”

The classic novel, “Ulysses,” by Irish author James Joyce, was published as a serial between 1918-1920, and then as a single volume in 1922 in France.  It celebrated its 90th birthday on February 2. Widely-regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, it even initiated the creation of an international holiday, Bloomsday, celebrated […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Fat Years”

Banned Books Awareness: “The Fat Years”

To “rush through the yellow light” is a reference to a common practice for the more daring Chinese journalists who write about sensitive topics before state officials flash the red light of censorship. That’s what happened to “The Fat Years,” a dystopian thriller by Chan Koon-Chung, which is now officially banned by the Chinese government. […] … learn more→