Seeking Veterans’ Voices

Hi everyone,

Tina Hacker is an old friend and colleague from Hallmark days. Tina is a poet, strong supporter of the arts, and has for years played an active role in promoting The Writers’ Place in Kansas City. If you aren’t familiar with Tina’s adult poetry, one of my favorites is LISTENING TO NIGHT WHISTLES.

Since 1976 Tina has edited poetry for “Veteran’s Voices Writing Project.” The mission of the project is to enable military veterans to experience solace and satisfaction through the writing program. Veterans are encouraged to share their poems, stories, prose, photos, song lyrics, and artwork as a way to heal as well as entertain.

If you are a veteran or know someone who is, please consider getting in touch with the project to submit work. At the moment Tina has 75 poems for the upcoming spring edition but needs 90 before January 1. For information about how to do it, visit this site:
And here’s the home page: Veterans Voices Writing Project | Veterans’ Voices Magazine – User Profile

Tina, please make any corrections necessary to this post and/or add additional thoughts. Good luck with the project. It sounds wonderful!

A new book project in the hopper

Hi everyone,

After a wait of several months, Mary Jo Fresch and I have received a response to a proposal we made for a book for classroom teachers. The answer is yes and a contract is under way. Mary Jo and I reviewed the comments and suggestions that came with the notice of acceptance and now we’re eager to get started writing the rest of the book.

We haven’t set a schedule yet but I’d say we’ll shoot for late spring or early summer. We’ll be working with teachers and students so we need to finish those elements of the book before the end of the spring semester in 2019.

It feels good to become involved in a new project with Mary Jo! This will make our seventh book together. Of course this isn’t a done deal until we work out details of the contract and tie up other loose ends, but I have high hopes we’ll get those done before long. We also have a proposal at another publisher so we keep expecting word on that one any day.

Crawly School for Bugs has good news

Hi everyone,

Many of you have seen the list by now but I didn’t learn until yesterday that CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS is one of NCTE’s 2019 Notable Poetry Books for Children selections.

My other new title this year, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, made the NSTA 2019 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books so both books are off and running. I lOVE those lists!


Hi everyone,

Haven’t written an original “yellow” poem yet but for now here’s one from a book for Pre-K children I wrote with Mary Jo Fresch for Shell Education called LEARNING THROUGH POETRY. In that book, and four others that accompanied it, I began with a single sound and wrote a poem inspired by it. Here’s the one for yellow. Mary Jo recorded one of her grandsons as he reacted as she read the poem. It’s sensational.

Yellow Y

A yak walked into a yoyo store
And yelled, “I want a yoyo!”

“Why do you want a yoyo, Yak?”
Yelled back the yoyo fellow.

”A yoyo’s yummy!” yelled the yak,
“But only if it’s yellow.
Blue ones make my tummy hurt,
Oh yes, they make me bellow.”

And then he gulped a yellow yoyo.
“Yuck!” yelled the fellow.

(c) 2013 David L. Harrison
from Learning Through Poetry (Shell Education)