Solitude, Storytelling, and Surprises With Ruth Behar

Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who Teach

Sep 23 2022 • 1 hr 17 mins

In this episode, Ruth Behar and I talk about solitude, storytelling and surprises.

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In addition to being an amazing author and educator,
Ruth Behar is very generous. She’s creating a five-minute Let’s Write video that educators can use in their classrooms. Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to Ruth’s video as well as videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez, Michelle Cusolito, and Lisa Stringfellow.

Ruth also generously donated a 30-minute Zoom classroom or library call to a lucky podcast listener and a signed book to another podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Ruth and me, 2) Go to and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, September 16th. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 23rd, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

It’s homework time. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Nope. Nunca. Not going to happen,”? If so, then you have something in common with Beto, the main character in
Cindy Rodriguez’s delightful new picture book Three Pockets Full. Give it a read before Cindy’s interview releases on Friday, October 7th.

Many thanks to
Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art.

Happy listening!

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