Laura Purdie Salas tomorrow

BULLETIN: I’M OUT OF HERE FOR A FEW DAYS. SORRY I HAVEN’T HAD TIME YET TO RESPOND TO ALL THESE GOOD POEMS THAT ARE COMING IN AND WELCOME NEW POETS TO THE GROUP. I’LL DO BETTER WHEN I GET BACK!

Today it’s my pleasure to post a bio of Laura Purdie Salas. I first met Laura when she was nice enough to review a book of mine and our conversation led to an interview. The book was Pirates so naturally we both wanted to get the artist, Dan Burr, into the act. I was impressed by the way Laura handled the whole affair and looked forward to meeting her one day. I eventually had that opportunity when we both wound up on one of Marilyn Singer’s poetry blasts, which was great fun. Tomorrow you’ll enjoy Laura’s guest blog. You’ll find much to learn from her. For now, here’s her bio.

As a kid, Laura Purdie Salas devoured books. They were pieces of magic that showed her the world before disappearing down the library book drop. Since her parents constantly ordered her to “Go outside and get some fresh air,” she read a lot in her tree house or on the trampoline.

After working as a magazine editor and an 8th-grade English teacher, Laura decided to try to create some magic herself. She has published more than 60 poetry and nonfiction books, including STAMPEDE! POEMS ABOUT THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL and SHRINKING DAYS, FROSTY NIGHTS: POEMS ABOUT FALL. She enjoys school visits and connecting poems with kids, no matter what their age, mood, or personality.In addition to writing books and visiting schools, Laura also teaches online writing classes, speaks at writing conferences, writes materials for the educational market, does a bit of freelance PR work, and does website maintenance for a few children’s writers. And spends a lot of time trying to keep her schedule straight! You can find out more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com  and laurasalas.livejournal.com .  

David

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