Teaching Year 32: Literature Consoles & Confronts

I can still see him sitting to one side of the classroom after his friends made their way out to lunch. His American Literature Anthology was still open to the last page of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” He leaned forward, looking like he was going to cry.Continue reading “Teaching Year 32: Literature Consoles & Confronts”

Refugees Deserve Refuge

These days, the world convulses with violence and sorrows of all sorts. One that is most heartbreaking is the reality of refugees. Whether fleeing violence in Syria, poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, violence in Myanmar or Central America, refugees have been largely left to their own devices. This makes their plight harder and unfair. In particular,Continue reading “Refugees Deserve Refuge”

Facing Race in America

Sometimes, when people discuss removing Confederate statues from places of public honor, they ask where the removals will end. They wonder if we should remove public honors from anyone who owned slaves, assisted the Confederacy. Simply put, the answer is “Yes.” America needs to dive into its history with honesty and decide to stop honoringContinue reading “Facing Race in America”

Guest Blogger Jimmy Friday’s Poetic Response to Police Brutality

I’m grateful and honored that my friend, Jimmy Friday, wrote this poem for my blog. Jimmy is a husband and father raising two Black sons. He lives in Houston, Texas. #ThatDidntAgeWell By Jimmy Friday Hypocrisy and lack of action, don’t age well. Turning a blind eye on THIS issue (to my detriment) but caring aboutContinue reading “Guest Blogger Jimmy Friday’s Poetic Response to Police Brutality”


I’m thrilled to share the you can now pre-order Raising King from Willow Books HERE. It will be published on September 15, 2020 and you will get it first, in the mail, at your home! Advanced Praise for Raising King: Raising King is a groundbreaking poetry collection that helps to rescue the radically compassionate legacyContinue reading “Pre-Order RAISING KING”

This Teacher Appreciates Teachers

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve had some great teachers and I’ve had some weak ones. Both influenced me for the good. Sometimes, seeing something done poorly can be a powerful motivation to do it well. But mostly, teachers who stirred up something inside me have hadContinue reading “This Teacher Appreciates Teachers”

JosephRoss.net Gets a Fresh Cut!

With Raising King coming out in September, I wanted for my website to get a fresh cut! It’s been a while in the making, but it’s finally done. Big Thanks to Robert Waxman. Without his skill and patience it would never have happened. The site has many of the same elements as the old oneContinue reading “JosephRoss.net Gets a Fresh Cut!”