Join Tim Collins and me while we explore how local literature can make all the difference in an English classroom.


When we’re on the lookout for stellar literature to bulk up our classroom curriculums, we’re more likely to head to Google than to look right under own noses! It’s time we stop underestimating the power of local literature.

Literature from local authors can have a special impact on our students. Their writing can empathize with the pain and joy of an area in a way someone unfamiliar with the area can’t. Local authors get it. They understand that the dollar-fifty theater on 21st street is a special gem, how the weather turns icy more often than it does snowy, and the underappreciated beauty of the rolling Flint Hills at sunset. Their work is both familiar and refreshing.

Join us today as we delve deeply into using local Kansas literature in the classroom with Tim Collins, an English teacher. We discuss how he uses local literature in with his students,  how landscape is an integral part in shaping our personas, and how much we both care for our Kansas roots--no matter its nickname as a ‘flyover state.’

While we talk a great deal about Kansas in this podcast, since we’re biased Kansans, these ideas can be transported to any state or general area. If you haven’t taken the time to explore your local author scene, use this as a sign to get started! Undoubtedly, they have some great work for you to explore.

If you listened to this podcast, you’re a champ and should definitely check out more. We’re on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at The Suggestion Box Podcast. If you’d like to suggest an idea to us, contact us at thesuggestionboxpodcast@gmail.com. We would love, love, LOVE to hear from you!

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Flint Hills Writing Project - They believe in teachers teaching teachers. Check out fhwp.org for more information or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com.


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