WOW Review: Volume XVI, Issue 2

WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures
Global perspectives in biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and fictionalized biographies
Volume XVI, Issue 2
Winter 2023

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Introduction and Editor’s Note

A woman in a green dress paints abstract, colorful shapes onto the cover.The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint
Written by Ylva Hillström
Illustrated by Karin Eklund
Translated by B.J. Epstein

A black woman in a red dress speaks before a crowd of people.Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement
Written by Angela Joy
Illustrated by Janelle Washington

A young Black boy rendered in sketch sits before a sketchbook.Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life
Written & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The title is made from black out poetry against a colorful brick backdrop. A semi-transparent portrait of a Black man in 1700s dress is in the bottom left corner.Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself
Written by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge

A man plays the cello on the grass, a small group of people holding hands behind him.Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma
Written by Joanna Ho
Illustrated by Teresa Martinez

A young girl stands confidently in front of a crowd of cameras and microphones, speaking.Until Someone Listens: A Story about Borders, Family, and One Girl’s Mission
Written by Estela Juarez with Lissette Norman
Illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Contributors to this Issue:
María V. Acevedo-Aquino, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona, Tucson
Susan Corapi, Trinity International University
Judy Moreillon, Tucson
Cynthia Ryman, California State University Monterey Bay
Kathy G. Short, University of Arizona, Tucson

Susan Corapi, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
María V. Acevedo-Aquino, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Production Editors:
Aika Adamson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Review Board:
Nojood M. Alsudairi, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Nancy Hlibok Amann, Arizona School for Deaf and Blind, Tucson, AZ
Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Wayne State University, Troy, MI
Desiree Cueto, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Michele Ebersole, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Gloria Kauffman, YIES School, Brianza, Italy
Janelle B. Mathis, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Gail Pritchard, Tucson, AZ
Jean Schroeder, The IDEA School, Tucson, AZ
Tracy Smiles, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Celeste Trimble, St. Martin’s University, Lacey, WA
Yoo Kyung Sung, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Melissa Wilson, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

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