An evening with poets: mark it on your calendar

Hi everyone,

Taken at spring 2018 photo day. February 6-7, 2018. Kevin White/Missouri State University

A reminder for those of you in the Springfield area: Here’s the link to an announcement from The Library Center about my program with Marcus Cafagna at 7:00 p.m. next Friday the 8th of September.

The format for the evening is to take turns reading two poems each. Counting two upcoming poets from Southwest Missouri State University, there will be four of us reading. On this trip I’ve chosen the poems I’ll read from some of my twenty or so books of poetry. Now I’m arranging them in the order I want. I look forward to the evening.

One correction needs to be made. In the text I claim to be one of Missouri’s only two established children’s poets, the other being Constance Levy in St. Louis. During the process of writing an article for the Missouri Reader I discovered two other Missouri based children’s poets: Peggy Archer and Amy Sklansky, both in the St. Louis area. My apologies for the oversight, Peggy and Amy.

A nice surprise

Hi everyone,

I got a check from Scholastic for four poems reprinted in a new book by Tim Rasinski and Melissa Smith called THE MEGABOOK OF FLUENCY, which came out in April and is doing well.

My thanks to Tim and Melissa for including me in a section entitled “Use Partner Texts.” I’m happy to be along for the ride. Half of one poem was written by my old friend, Terry Bond, so I’ll give him his part and use it as an excuse to get together.

Upcoming events

Hi everyone,

As we start winding down August, I’m looking at what’s coming up in September. Three dates I like. On September 1, although I won’t be there at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., my book will. CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS will be there representing Missouri. I’m delighted that Joan Arth will be attending the Missouri booth to hand out bookmarks from my book. Thanks, Joanie!

On September 7, I’m joining with Southwest Missouri State University professor and poet, Marcus Cafagna plus two of his outstanding poetry students — Brandon Henry and Ali Geren — to present an evening of poetry at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield. It starts at 7:00.

On September 11, I’ll be back at The Library Center on a three-person panel as part of a grant-funded Great American Read series. The panel will talk about why people love to read, what they get out of it, and why certain books leave indelible impressions. I’m looking forward to that one too.

There will be some travel in September, and writing. It looks like a month that’s going to go by in a hurry.