Thank you, everyone!

Hi everyone,

My sincere gratitude for the many good wishes about my procedure on Monday. I’m doing fine and have only taken two pain pills so far. For the rest of the week I intend to take my time (your advice) and peck away at the project at hand. The work has been going well so I’ll do what I can to keep on track. Thanks again to all.

Rotary program today

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I had a pacemaker installed to make my heart beats more regular. The procedure went well; checked in at 9:30, out at 4:00. This morning I’ll finish making my notes and at noon I’ll speak about “My Journey” to the Downtown Rotary Club in Springfield (virtually of course). Then it’s back to work. Last week for the first time I fell behind schedule on the book I’m doing with Tim Rasinski and Mary Jo Fresch. I’m in a sling for a couple of days and three nights. I can testify that writing with a sling on is a challenge.

Fifty-five ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that the new issue of MISSOURI READER is out. Thanks to co-editors Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito, the feature article is mine, and just in time for National Poetry Month in April. Seventeen poets and teachers are featured in my article, each with suggestions on how to introduce poet into the classroom and beyond in ways that are sure to engage students.

This issue also features an interview by Evan Robb talking to Laura Robb and me about out book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH.

To see the issue, here’s the link. I hope you’ll take a look.

Back to work

Hi everyone,

It’s back to head down with fewer posts for a while longer, especially now with the added burden of struggling with the unwelcome new WordPress format. I hope you have a good weekend in store.


NOTE: During the night WordPress changed the format and I’m all thumbs now as I struggle to find where all my familiar landmarks have gone. I apologize and will do my best to get better at this as I go.
Hi everyone,

Everything is in place for the poetry reading on April 13 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. Hosted by Jennifer Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, the reading will feature four poets, each with about 10 minutes to speak and read, and conclude with a 10-20 minute Q/A session.

Information about the event is now available on the Pagination Bookshop website:
and on Facebook: :