The December Word of the Month is . . .

BULLETIN: The new word of the month for December is WINDOW.

Hi everyone,

As I was leaving town for Portland last week the mail brought an f&g copy of my new picture book, A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY. I’m delighted by the gorgeous artwork by Italian artist Roberta Angaramo ( ) It’s due for release on January 7. I’m sorry it isn’t available for Christmas but you can order it now for shipment as soon as it’s available. Here’s a link on Amazon. . I apologize for not making these links live. Something has gone wrong with my computer and I haven’t figured out yet how to fix the problems.

Some of you know the story behind this book. Three years ago raccoons moved into our attic. We eventually had to replace the roof in the process of ridding ourselves of the constant nightly patter of little feet. I wondered what they were thinking up there and decided that they were just as unhappy as we were. Who wants an infestation of people in the basement? I hope I make enough from this book to pay for that new roof!


More on next year’s poetry workshop

BULLETIN: If you missed it earlier, go to Renee La Tulippe’s wonderful No Water River (  ) to see a great post about AND THE CROWD GOES WILD. I promise you it’s worth the wear and tear on your click finger!

Hi everyone,

I notice that the site for Highlights Foundation Workshops now has my workshop for next year posted. There are three workshops that deal with poetry so here are all three. You have choices! I gather that you can apply anytime from now until the workshops close. I see that I have no special guests indicated at this point but this is a work in progress and I expect to have one or two posted before long.

Where Story Meets Poetry: Writing the Poetry Novel

April 25 – April 28, 2013What makes a poetry novel work? It needs both poetic structure and an engaging narrative that pulls the reader along.  It’s a balance of poetry that strikes emotional chords with readers and good storytelling that keeps them turning the page. …


Workshop Faculty: Helen FrostKelly Bingham
Special Guests: Susan Dobinick

The Poet’s Poetry Workshop

May 19 – May 23, 2013Whether your passion is writing poems for young ones or a more mature audience, our goal is to bring poets together to delve into all elements of poetry, to play with words, images and sounds, and to polish your poetry …


Workshop Faculty: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Special Guests: Rebecca Davis

Poetry for the Delight of It

September 30 – October 3, 2013If you like to think, talk, write, and share poetry, this workshop is for you. From budding poet to published veteran, we learn and teach at every stage. Group activities will include: Four key workshops Conceiving ideas for poems’ Rough …


Workshop Faculty: David L. Harrison