Founder, America the Bilingual project
Host, America the Bilingual podcast
Tags: entrepreneur, deep believer, recovering monolingual
What to know about him: Steve is the man behind America the Bilingual, a project he is pursuing with the same passion that he did in founding (with his wife) a company called Levenger. With a tagline of “tools for serious readers,” Levenger was the first company in America to design and sell products for people who loved to read, write and work with ideas. It led to Steve’s board appointment to the National Book Foundation. It also provided the springboard for Steve’s first book, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, which the New York Times called “a practical handbook distilled into easy-to-digest prose.” Perhaps not surprisingly, it was this pursuit of a well-read life that led him to bilingualism.
Several years ago, as part of his longtime support of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida, Steve tutored adult Latinos in English. That experience provided part of the impetus in his progression from champion of literacy to advocate for biliteracy.
Bilingual Moment – Palomitas de Maiz en Walmart: “So I’m walking around in a bilingual Walmart in Carson City, Nevada, enjoying reading the Spanish signs…”