ANNOUNCEMENT: Yesterday morning I did a one-hour Skype session with students in School #24 in Paterson, New Jersey. I’ve been working with three schools in that district to enhance literacy levels through poetry and this is the first of three planned follow-up Skype sessions to my personal visits there this past December. Sitting still in front of my computer for an hour while presenting ideas and answering questions is a bit of a challenge, but I think we made it through in good shape and the kids were delightful. If any of you students, librarian Dorothy Natale, or teachers, Warchol, Caraballo, or Perez are reading this, let me know how you think it went.
Joy Acey was a member of my Highlights Foundation poetry workshop in June. I knew Joy from a previous session at Chautauqua in New York so I was glad to see that Joy was coming to Honesdale. Recently you met another member of our group, Jeanne Poland, and tomorrow you’ll hear from Joy. Next up, Ken Slesarik. For now, here’s a bio provided by Joy.
JOY ACEY, The Princess of Poetry, has consistently won prizes for her poetry from the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of North Carolina. She’s published in Footsteps, Main Street Rag, New Review, Kaleidoscope, Urban Hiker, Bay Leaves, Award Winning Poems, Pockets, Ladies Home Journal, Poets for Peace Anthology, Always on Friday and Kids News. She has sold poems to Highlights for Children, High Five. She was on the TV game show Joker’s Wild and won enough to pay for a trip to Australia. She has lived in England and Japan. She has walked across a volcano in Hawaii and a glacier in New Zealand. She has gone swimming with iguanas in the Galapagos and was in Ecuador during a recent revolution. She was a performance artist with the Durham Arts Council, Creative Arts in the Public/Private Schools. She teaches workshops in poetry for people of all ages and abilities. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband, and a Welsh Springer Spaniel named Spot. She has two grown sons.