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 arts 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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