American Anger, 2018


  • Shannon Carriger Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner, Kansas



The anger that inspired this essay a little over a year ago has sadly increased. It has been hard to watch this escalation and even harder to lead students through civil conversations about a world so full of tumult and pain. But, it's the job, and it may be more important than ever.

Author Biography

  • Shannon Carriger, Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner, Kansas
    Shannon Carriger has taught English in Kansas for over fifteen years; she currently teaches at Gardner Edgerton High School. She has taught for Kansas State University, Washburn University, Ottawa University, and University of Kansas. Carriger ran a Kansas Volunteer Commission artsĀ grant with the Lawrence Arts Center in 2010 focusing on social justice which culminated in a staged reading of the Franz Wedekind play Spring Awakening. In 2015, Carriger was a Flint Hills Writing Project Fellow and became a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant; in 2018 she graded AP English Language and Composition exams in Tampa, FL. Carriger's creative and academic work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Midwest Quarterly, Inscape, and Blood Lotus. She lives in Ottawa, KS with her poet-professor husband Michael and their dog Zelda. She can be reached at






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