Getting ready for Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pulling the last of my thoughts together for next week’s TLA conference in Dallas. TLA is always a great conference. Boyds Mills is sponsoring me to mark the publication of CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS and I’ll also sign the new title, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY for Charlesbridge.

On Tuesday I’ll be part of a gang of poets in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s pre-con workshop taking turns talking about selected subjects. I chose “Science through Poetry.”

On Wednesday I’ll join Sylvia, Janet, and others to speak about poetry related subjects. My topic is “Word of the Month Poetry Challenge.”

I’ll wind up on Thursday being a featured poet in another Sylvia classic: Poetry Roundup. I have 8-9 minutes to read some of my poems and I look forward to it. I enjoy hearing other poets read their work too.

Asilomar SIXTY SIX, The Language Arts Conference

Hi everyone,

The co-chairs of The Language Arts Conference, October 6-8, have given us the green light to talk more about the event now that registration is open. I’ve mentioned this one before but here is some additional information for anyone who might be interested it heading to California in October to enjoy the scenery, the ambience, and the conference.

This year the theme is “Excellence Through Equity, From Powerful Vision to Everyday Reality.” Here is the link. The two keynote speakers are Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA and Carol Jago, Editor of California English and past president of NCTE. There are more than twenty sessions presented by others over a range of subjects that in some way touch on the theme. Mine is a hands-on workshop called “The Equity of Poetry in Teaching Core Subjects.” I’m also giving an “Around the Fire” talk on Saturday night.

This past weekend I read about each of the sessions and their presenters and made an interesting discovery. Out of twenty-seven speakers I found only a couple who aren’t professors, teachers, librarians, or retired teachers. Unless I overlooked someone,Gillian Wegener and I are the only poets. If not enough teachers sign up for my session, I could wind up going to California as a tourist or staying here to gaze at Goose Lake. Might not know until June 10.

Thinking California

Hi everyone,

I don’t go to Asilomar until next October but already I have deadlines to meet. Yesterday and today I’ve been working on titles and descriptions, which is always hard for me when I haven’t yet pulled together my notes for what I’ll do and say.
David at David Harrison Day
One of my duties will be to conduct a poetry workshop over three days. Attendees will mostly be teachers, grades 4-8, and they will also be involved in other activities. I’ll see them for a total of 6 1/2 hours so I need to think through what I can hope to accomplish in that time frame. My working title is “Teaching Core Subjects with Poetry.”

I’ll also give a talk on Saturday night for K-college so I need title and description for that too. I’m making progress but not there quite yet. This year’s theme is “Excellence Through Equity: From a Powerful Vision to Everyday Reality.” The keynote speaker will be Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

If you live out that way or know someone who does and might be interested in learning more about the conference, here’s a link to the one this year: Next year’s isn’t up yet but some dynamite speakers are on tap.

Asilomar conference next year

Hi everyone,

I’ve accepted an invitation from The Language Arts Conference at Asilomar in California for October, 2017. Here’s a link to this year’s conference. .
I’ll lead a poetry workshop with sessions on Friday through Sunday and give a Saturday evening talk of an hour or so. Thanks to my old and good friend, Ruth Nathan, for extending the invitation. The last time I spoke there, Billy Collins gave readings from his work which, of course, drew a crowd.
Next year’s keynote speaker is Pedro Noguera from NYU, another good draw. .The conference theme is Equity.


Headed to Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I fly to the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. The TLA is one of the largest conferences in America. Here are the published stats from 2015.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:
6,327 Attendees
1,304 Exhibitor Reps
7,631 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).
517 College and University Libraries
968 Public Libraries
2,806 School Libraries
57 Special Libraries
1179 No Preference
800 Teens
David publicity photo
I love this conference and look forward to participating in Sylvia Vardell’s poetry round-up, which includes Kwame Alexander, David Harrison, K.A. Holt, Irene Latham, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Stephen Swinburne, and Janet Wong.

I’m also one of the poets featured in Sofa Secrets, an event sponsored by Junior Library Guild. Each participant will talk about his/her work, read some poems, divulge a secret, and respond to questions pulled from a bowl. The random questions are not meant to be easy so that’s something to shudder about in advance.

Stop by and see me at either event and/or when I’m signing NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T at the Charlesbridge booth at 1:30 in Booth 1338. All three events take place tomorrow (Wednesday).