CHICAGO — In case you haven’t been keeping up with the school closing crisis in Chicago or the continuing escalation of gun violence, the experience of youth in the hella screwed-up public education system just became even more brutal. The Chicago Board of Education is now defending the classroom ban of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis in 7th through 10th grade classrooms, satisfying its desire to dictate and restrict how the book is read and taught.
Michelle Sinsky is co-founder and editorial director of Matter: A Monthly Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary. A longtime writer, creative director, illustrator, stylist and inter-genre artist, her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous journals and periodicals including The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, Red Lightbulbs, HTMLGIANT, The Collagist, CBS News Chicago, Requited, ANOBIUM, F Newsmagazine, and Everyday Genius. She writes frequently on the subject of feminism, popular culture, visual arts, sound and performance, and lives in New York and Chicago (and on Twitter ).