News and Past Events

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Dream Catchers was reviewed by Kirkus, where the reviewer notes that "the pieces are emotive but not resigned" and "their contributions are lyrical, haunting, and poignant, and the anthology marches toward hope." You can read the full review here.

Friday, January 1
Dream Catchers was reviewed by the School Library Journal Review by Molly Dettmann, who writes that "[e]ach page is a testament to how art can heal and express feelings and emotions." You can read the full review here.

Monday, January 11
Amy Friedman and POPS students from Calloway Middle School spoke with Jenna Oden of LaGrange Daily News. Leadership of the Communities in Schools of Georgia spoke about the genesis of their participation in POPS and how students were encouraged to write about sensitive topics. The full article is available here.

Monday, January 11
Amy Friedman was interviewed for Top of Mind with Julie Rose Sirius XM Radio's BYU Radio. You can listen to the full interview here.

Tuesday, January 12
Amy Friedman was interviewed by Bob Gourley on "Issues Today," KTYM-AM (San Pedro, CA). The interview will be available soon.

Tuesday, January 12
Amy Friedman was a guest on “Late Night Health” on iHeart Radio with Mark Alyn. The interview will be available soon as a podcast on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Google Play, Alexa, Spreaker, PodcastAddict, SoundCloud, Spotify, and RadioActive.

Tuesday, January 12
Dream Catchers is reviewed in the February 1, 2021, issue of Booklist by Kathleen McBroom, who writes that "it's increasingly obvious that these POPS the Club communities deserve wider recognition. While the collection is sometimes tough to read, these are voices that deserve to be heard." You can read the full review here.

Wednesday, January 13
Amy Friedman was a guest on Conversations LIVE with host Cyrus Webb. You can listen to the whole conversation here.

Monday, January 18
Amy Friedman was a guest on VoiceAmerica's Positive Living with host Patricia Raskin. You can listen to the full episode here.

Monday, January 18
Amy Friedman was a guest on the WEOL Morning Show with host Bruce Van Dyke. You can listen to their conversation here.

Thursday, January 21
Amy Friedman and POPS students were profiled for the Culver City Observer. You can read the full article, "Transforming Pain into Empowerment Through POPS Clubs," here.

Tuesday, January 22
Amy Friedman was a guest on "Insight" with Mark Farrell on Progressive Radio Network. You can listen to the full episode here.

Wednesday, February 3
Amy Friedman and the POPS the Club students were featured in the San Fernando Sun. You can read the full piece, "POPS the Club Gives Kids with Incarcerated Family Members a Space And a Voice," here.

Monday, February 15
Amy Friedman and the POPS the Club students were featured on Penn Live. You can read the full piece here: Club gives students with relatives in prison a safe place: 'You have . . . people there that can support you.'

March 2021
Dream Catchers was reviewed by Midwest Book Review.

The literary strength of these reflections, their intimate glimpses into not just experiences beyond the law but the rationale behind how these young people choose to interact with the world, and the diverse artistic formats translate into evocative works urban teens will find unusually compelling.

You can read the full review here.