April is National Poetry Month, and there are lots of ways to celebrate. You can: Write a poem every day with NaPoWriMo. Daily prompts and encouragement are provided! Read a poem every day on Poets.org. Watch young people perform slam poetry from Brave New Voices Festival on YouTube. Explore the organizations that love poetry: CantoContinue reading “Happy National Poetry Month”
INTO THE THE is officially published! The publication date, March 21st, was on World Poetry Day. If you would like your own copy, please purchase one through Backlash Press. They have created a beautiful book, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Backlash Press Editor and Publisher Gretchen Heffernan opens the first box of INTO THE THE, and you can watch her do it on this video! I am so moved and grateful to see what a beautiful job Gretchen has done with my poems.
I am the guest expert on The Education Game podcast this week and got to talk with Matt Barnes and Scott Van Beck about writing, student-centered education, Writers in the Schools (WITS), and parenting. It was great fun! We talked about texting, journaling, how to get kids to love reading, and even my new bookContinue reading “The Education Game”
In Houston, poet laureates were in the news two weeks in a row. First, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the opening of the application process to become the 5th Houston Poet Laureate. I cheered, but some complained. Then 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, stole the show at the Presidential Inauguration, perhaps evenContinue reading “The Poet’s Role in Social Justice”
Backlash Books has revealed the cover design for my new book of poetry, Into The The. I’m so grateful and excited about this!
The pandemic provided us time. Here are six books I read and loved in 2020. #favoritebooks
I retired from my leadership position at Writers in the Schools (WITS) in September, and the editors of Teachers & Writers Magazine invited me to write an essay about what I learned. When I became the Executive Director in the late 90s, the most talked-about book in our library was Wishes, Lies, and Dreams byContinue reading “School, Joy & Revolution: Takeaways from my Time at WITS”
Ever had a “damp, drizzly November” in your soul? Check out my essay about reading, listening, pandemic, isolation, and self-healing on RIFF, a publication by Writers at Large. Huge thanks to Thea Temple and the editors at RIFF.
In a very creative collaboration, Gemini Ink and The McNay Art Museum offer up a fun, free way to celebrate the pop art exhibition featuring Robert Indiana, best known for his famous LOVE sculptures. Take a moment and your phone, and you can access a short poem by texting one of these key words: “LOVE,Continue reading “Pop Goes the Poem”
On Being, one of my favorite podcasts, has started a poetry video project that is quite beautiful. Check out their page on YouTube when you’re looking for a bright spot of authenticity in your day.
I got some wonderful poet news this week: I won the Best Book Award, and “Into The The” will be published by @BacklashPress in March 2021. I AM SO EXCITED! Thank you to the editors with an awesome mission. I’m so proud to join your fold! Check out their manifesto here: https://backlashpress.com/manifesto/
Headmistress Press posted a video of me reading “We Holy Thieves,” a poem from Teeth & Teeth (2018). Thanks to the editors for continuous support of the published poets!