Woza Woza, Georgia Heard, and NCTE

REMINDER: Today is Day 3 in our new Woza Woza Poem challenge. I started on November 1 by posting the first line of the poem that will grow all month, one line at a time. After two days, here’s where we are so far.
Today I saw something I’ve never seen before.
A sea of cinnamon swirls surfing the forest floor.

Someone give us the next line. Don’t cross this off as a nondirectional exercise. I see it as a chance to use our sense of word play to fashion a cohesive poem created by many voices. All along the way we need to consider what we’re saying and where we’re going. I hope you’ll join in.

BULLETIN: Tomorrow I’ll introduce my Featured Guest, Georgia Heard, by posting a bio to help you get to know her better before you see her interview on Friday. Don’t miss it!

BULLETIN: On the 20th of this month I’ll present at NCTE in Orlando. My first subject will be Word of the Month Poetry Challenge and the second will be poems for two voices. If any of you have comments or suggestions for my W.O.M. segment, now is the time to let me know as I begin to pull my thoughts together. I need to hear from teachers, young poets, and adult poets about your feelings about Word of the Month. I intend to read a number of poems from adults and students that demonstrate the variety and quality of poems that can spring from one word. Is this monthly challenge relevent to you as a writer? Let me know, and thanks in advance for your input.

Hello Everyone,

I’m still in and out a lot. My wife’s mother had a stroke thirteen days ago and we’ve spent much of our time in the hospital since then. Tomorrow will be Kathleen’s 97th birthday. What a way to celebrate it.

Wednesday is the day when I love to feature readers who volunteer to tell us about themselves and their journey as writers. Unfortunately, no one has stepped forward for today. I know many of you would make wonderful guests and I encourage you to get in touch with me to talk about it.


Are you following the poems pouring in during the first two days of November? Click on Adult W.O.M. Poems and see for yourself. We’re getting more takers and getting them earlier. I’m very glad to see so much action. I have a strong hunch that we’ll see more student poems too before long. Encourage teachers you know to work with their students and post their poems where everyone can read and enjoy them.