Tina Kelley Terry Perlin Presides
Each year 1.2 million young people experience an episode of homelessness in the US, though they are often invisible.
Hear stories of kids struggling with family violence, prostitution, teen parenthood, rejection based on sexual orientation, or aging out of foster care without a family, and learn about sensible ways to help them turn their lives around. Author Tina Kelley discusses the work of Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and trafficked young people in the Americas, and hopeful reforms that could help keep them safer.
Tina Kelley was a reporter at The New York Times for a decade, where she was part of the Metro section team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category for coverage of the September 11 attacks. She wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. At the Times, she also wrote many stories involving powerless or voiceless people, or those whose struggles went against the grain of popular opinion: the health problems of a Native American tribe living near a Superfund site, a high school student who challenged a proselytizing public school teacher and who received a death threat for his stance, a transgender vocational school principal in a rural town, and the lives of children waiting to be adopted out of foster care.
She is the co-author of the award-winning national bestseller, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley 2012).
Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award, and her second book, Precise, was published by Word Press in January 2013. During her 20-year newspaper career, she worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, and The Seattle Timesand The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and her writing has appeared in Audubon, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Orion, People, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and The Best American Poetry 2009. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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