Harryette Mullen admits to being "licked all over by the English tongue." Her fifth poetry collection, Sleeping with the Dictionary, published by UC Press, was a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry for its "gleeful pursuit of the ludic pleasure of word games." Her work combines the experimentation of the French OULIPO group with an American funk and political awareness. Mullen is associate professor of English and African American Studies at UCLA. Her other books include Muse & Drudge and Trimmings. (28 minutes)
This page is meant to be printed out and distributed to students as a blank template to record new words and phrases. Ideally, the papers are hole-punched, and students can create a alphabetized Personal Dictionary throughout the year that demonstrates their learning. These are half-sheets, so some printing, chopping, and hole punching is required.