From Missouri to England to Mexico

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been approached by a designer in London who was working on a project for a major department store on a Valentines campaign, “For the love of poetry.” The project tested successfully so I’m standing by for possible future involvement.

I recently sent her the first two videos I’ve made of me reading from AFTER DARK and NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. Yesterday I heard from her that she has shared the videos with her aunt in Mexico City who is principal at an English school called Humanitree. Needless to say, I am delighted! I may be stuck at home making videos in my bathroom, but at least my stories are seeing the world.

Lori Oczkus

Hi everyone,

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Lori Oczkus, a well known and respected literacy consultant and author. We met years ago when we spoke at a conference in New York and have remained in touch. Lori frequently uses my work in her publications and presentations and I continue to admire her work in the field of teaching literacy skills to young students.

The other day Lori shared with me two of her latest videos and with her permission I’m sharing them with you today.

How to Boost Reading Comprehension with the Fab Four

How to Improve Comprehension & Fluency with Poetry

Lori Oczkus, Literacy Consultant and Author
Reciprocal Teaching at Work ( ASCD, 2018) Foreword by John Hattie

Thank you, Lori. Looking forward to the next time our paths meet.

Making a home video

Hi everone,

I’ve finished two videos and am working on how to share them with folks who want them. Here’s a picture from the one of me reading from AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

I think it turned out okay, maybe not as good as the videos taken with Mary Jo Fresch when we were in a professional recording studio in California, but still not too bad for a home video.

But things aren’t always what they seem so I thought I should share the back story of my videos, in case kids might want to make some videos of their own during these weeks when they are being schooled at home. Here is me practicing in my “sound booth.”

A YouTube film featuring poet Bryn Strudwick

Hi everyone,

Most of you who read the poems posted by our Word of the Month poets are familiar with the wonderful warmth and wit of Bryn Strudwick, in England. I’ve been aware that he’s also an actor, among his many other talents, but I finally got to see some of his work. With Bryn’s permission, here’s the link to a just released film titled, “Uninspiring Moments.”

I enjoyed it very much and hope you’ll take some time to enjoy it too. Thank you, Bryn!