Author/Artist/Performer Visits 2010 - 2011

Steven Cousins (Author - Grade 2) September 2010

Inspired by the movie Frankenstein, bug-lover Adam Cricklestein
decides to create a monster bug that will protect him from
the school bully, Jeb McAllister.






Linda Gerber (Grades 7-12 - MS & HS) October 2010

Mrs. Gerber's Visit With the HS Book Club

Mrs. Gerber had lunch with students in the Middle School and met with the HS Book Club.The conversation ranged from her new book to messages in the media. It was a wonderful session!


Linsey Pollak  Musician  October 18-19,  2010
Since 1980 Linsey has specialized in making musical instruments from various house and garden objects such as the garden hose panpipes, the watering can clarinet, rubber glove bagpipes, carrot flutes and clarinets, chair flutes, broom clarinets etc. These instruments have featured in many of his shows such as Out of the Frying Pan, Knocking on Kevin’s Door, Playpen, The Art of Food, Making Jam and Passing Wind.


Margi Preus (Author - Grades K, 2 and 4/5) October 20, 2010
American author Margi Preus has a special affinity for Japan.  After her Picture Book "The Peace Bell" set in Chiba she wrote a historical fiction novel about the life of Manjiro, the first Japanese boy to travel to the USA.  Margi will be working with students in grades K-5

Kuniko Yamamoto (Storyteller - Grades K-5 and 9-12) November 23 and November 29, 2010 
Folktales from Japan are combined with folk songs, original masks, origami, highly stylized movements and a touch of magic to entertain. The stories are selected from the oldest Japanese book of Kojiki, which portray the culture and moral perspective of Japan; social ideas are illustrated through commentary and description of Japanese traditions.  Kuniko's presentation will be a joy for all students to watch and ties in nicely with Japan units taught in Kindergarten, grade 2 and 4.

Christian Swenson (Performance Artist - Grades K-5)  December 2010
Christian is all about movement and sound.  He calls it improvisation with the Body & Voice.  "Ideally, I try to let the body and voice together discover the dancing. Each helping the other articulate my enthusiasm. The sensation is then a mixture of wonder and empathy in seeing oneself birthing an ever-changing landscape."  You have to see it to get it.  Check out the link below.  Besides doing all school presentations, Christian will work with small groups on body movement.   Christian's visit is timed right before Christmas break when a lot of our kids will be ready to move!

Mark Greenwood (Author - Grades 4,5 ) and Frane Lessac (Illustrator - Grades K-3)
February 2011
Mark Greenwood specializes in historical non-fiction picture books.  His impeccable research methods make his books not only engaging but also informative.  His wife Frane Lessac has illustrated many of his books as well as many others in her beautiful naïve style.  Frane will work mostly with K-3 while Mark will work with grades 4-5.


Hillel Wright  (Author - Grades 9-12) February 2011  

















Excerpt from Bob Williams' review of Border Town

"Wright excels at the exploration of popular culture. He writes well of comix, jazz, and the media. He is still enough of a hippy to deplore the world’s sad path to a reactionary and repressive right. He is not only worth reading on this score, he has found an artistically satisfying platform for his discourse."


Mr.Wright will be our guest author in a panel discussion on manga and anime.

March 2011 – Sherryl Clark (Grades 3 and 5)
New Zealand born author of 2011 Sakura medal book "Tracey Binns is Trouble" Sherryl Clark visited ASIJ as part of her Japanese tour during which she ws the guest of honor at the Sakura brainbowl final.  Sherryl talked about her books with students in grades 3 and 5 and hosted book clubs about her vesre novel Motormouth and "One Perfect Pirouette".

Jon Dorf (Playwright - Grades 9 - 12) April 2011


Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and life member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

Playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced in more than 45 states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, the Hyperion One Act Award, the Weinberger Playwright Residency and the Interact and Charlotte Rep New Play festivals, and he has worked with such companies as the Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA, Moving Arts and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

May 2011 - Poetry Alive! (k-5)
Two performers from Poetry Alive! will be visiting ASIJ in May.  Their specialty is bring poetry alive by acting out, and they do in the most engaging and entertaining ways.  During their 3 day residency at ASIJ the Poetry Alive! team will putting on a show for the whole elementary school and then work in small groups with students in grades 5 who are starting up their poetry unit at this time.



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