February 1 Writer Birthdays

1884 – Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin, Russian essayist, novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and science-fiction author. 1887 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born American novelist, nonfiction writer, journalist, and travel writer best known for the book, Mutiny on the Bounty, part of a trilogy written with co-author James Norman Hall. 1902 – Langston Hughes, African-American poet, novelist, playwright, columnist,Continue reading “February 1 Writer Birthdays”

January 31 Writer Birthdays

1624 – Arnold Geulincx, controversial Belgian author and philosopher who tried to work out more detailed versions of a generally Cartesian philosophy. 1735 – J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (born Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur), French-American essayist famous for his book Letters from an American Farmer, which drew on his experience farming in OrangeContinue reading “January 31 Writer Birthdays”

January 30 Writer Birthdays

1590 – Lady Anne Clifford, English diarist, patron of the arts, women’s rights activist, and High Sheriff 1866 – Frank Gelett Burgess, artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist; coined the term “blurb” for a quote about a book, printed on the cover to spur sales. 1878 – A.H. Tammsaare, writer whose work is among the most importantContinue reading “January 30 Writer Birthdays”

January 29 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Thomas Paine, influential English-American political activist, writer, philosopher, and revolutionary, best known for his pamphlets, “Common Sense,” which demanded the American colonies’ independence from Britain, and “The Age of Reason,” which argued in favor of free thought and against organized religion, and which got him arrested in Paris. 1860 – Anton Chekhov, RussianContinue reading “January 29 Writer Birthdays”

January 28 Writer Birthdays

1582 – John Barclay, French-born Scottish writer, satirist, and neo-Latin poet. 1608 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist, physicist, mathematician, and author; Father of Biomechanics; and first person to design a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; he became head of Mathematics at the University of Pisa, though Galileo recommended against hiring him. 1841 – Sir HenryContinue reading “January 28 Writer Birthdays”

D.O.E. Applauds Student Reflections Heroes

The U.S. Department of Education celebrated the national winners of the 2018-19 PTA Reflections contest earlier this month with a recognition event, art show, and student performances at the D.O.E.’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. With seven National winners in our Northern Virginia District, we felt well-represented by our talented kids! Entrants could use any ofContinue reading “D.O.E. Applauds Student Reflections Heroes”