Show time

Hi everyone,

Thank you for helping me decide which poem or poems from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS I’ll read during my presentation. Using a scale where 1st choice = 3 points, 2nd = 2, and 3rd = 1, “Termites” totaled 15 points, “Horsefly” got 13, and “Camouflage” came in with 7 points. I’ll also partner/read a couple of poems from PARTNER POEMS (co-authored with Tim Rasinski) and speak from four PowerPoint slides, so I’ll need to move right along to get it all done in 15-20 minutes.

My schedule filled to the brim as opportunities came along to meet with friends and editors, attend social events, and present. Here’s what it looks like. I’ve removed names.

Friday, November 22
11:39 a.m.: Arrive on Delta at Baltimore airport
12:00 – 1:30: Lunch with poets at Cosi’s Restaurant
1:30 – 2:00: Librarian, at Cosi’s Restaurant
4:00 – :Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – Downtown Baltimore
5:45 – 7:00: Publisher’s party at 135 East Baltimore Street
6:30 – 8:30: Publisher’s dinner at Chiapparelli’s

Saturday, November 23
8:30 – 9:30: Breakfast with editors
10:00 – 10:45: Coffee with editor
11:00 – 12:15: Inquiry through Poetry: The 2019 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels, Room 345,
My talk: Poetry Warm-Ups with David L. Harrison (15-20’)
12:30-2:30: Children’s Book Awards Luncheon
2:30 – 3:00: Sign at BMP/BMK, #831
3:00 – 3:30: Editor at NCTE book store
3:30 – 4:00: Friend
4:00 – 4:30: Holiday House booth, #844
4:30 – 5:15: Group of poets at Hilton bar
6:45 – 7:10: Publisher dinner reception
7:15 – 9:00: Publisher dinner

Sunday, November 24
9:00: Delta flight departure

Away we go!

THE LAND held over for more shows

Hi everyone,

Herman Johansen has posted that showings of the movie in which he co-stars is being extended in Kansas City. Here’s the schedule. I hope those of you within driving distance will consider seeing it.

BIG NEWS!!! The Glenwood Arts Theater has given “The Land” AN ENTIRE WEEK OF SHOWINGS, starting Friday at 12:10 and running through next Thursday! Here’s the schedule:


Friday, November 15th: Showings at 12:10, 2:30, 5:15, 7:35
Saturday, November 16th: Showings at 12:10, 2:30, 5:15, 7:35
Sunday, November 17th: Showings at 12:10, 2:30, 5:15
Monday, November 18th: Showings 1:15, 4:15, 7:15
Tuesday, November 19th: Showings 1:15, 4:15
Wednesday, November 20th: Showings 1:15, 4:15
Thursday, November 21st: Showings 1:15, 4:15, 7:15

All showings take place at the Glenwood at 95th and Mission Road in Overland Park. Reminder, it’s always a good idea to call and check on show times before going. Sometimes they change.

A very nice day in Rochester, New York

Hi everyone,

Busy, fun day yesterday at the Rochester Children’s Book Festival. Thousands of people came through during the course of the day and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. Here are two pictures, one before they opened the doors at 10:00 a.m. and one at the end of the day at 4:00 p.m. Of the eleven of my titles the festival folks had ordered, a few copies were left representing four titles (one more sold after this picture was taken.

I’m grateful to the co-leaders of this year’s event, Barbara Underhill and Vicki Schultz as well as the numerous volunteers who performed all sorts of tasks that made the festival so successful. I loved being with friends — MJ and Herm Auch, Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y.Stemple, Vivian Vande Velde, and Nikki Grimes — plus dozens of other active and productive authors and artists.

Now for home. I took work to keep me busy on flights going and returning, but during the extended layover in Chicago going, I finished it all. I was “forced” to work on a poem.

Word of the Day word, from Rochester

Hi everyone,

Greetings from Rochester Children’s Book Festival. I arrived yesterday after a long day trying to get American Airlines to fly me from Chicago on the second leg of the trip. After changing gates twice (involving long hikes to opposite ends of the terminal) and a lot of delays, I made it and saw some incredible clouds along the way.

Last night I enjoyed a wonderful dinner among many of the other guest authors and artists who were here. And today the peeps come to buy books, talk to authors, and listen to book talks. It promises to be another great day.

All of which explains why I didn’t get November’s Word of the Month word published on time. Don’t think about that excuse too long. It may not hold up. Anyway, the new word is HACK — not a pleasant sounding word but one with multiple meanings that should cough up some fun poems. Go!

A love story

Hi everyone,

(Ilga, David, Carol, Sandy, Dave)

Last night we attended the world premier production of Sandy Fenichel Asher’s compelling play, DEATH VALLEY, A LOVE STORY, at Springfield Contemporary Theatre, beautifully performed by Andie Bottrell, Rachel Jamieson, and special friend Sarah J. Wiggin. The play was inspired by the true story of Carol Emerson and the loss of her partner, David Nutter.

(cast, director Alan Souza, Sandy, Carol

At dinner prior to the play we sat with Sandy, hubby Harvey Asher, Ilga Vise, Carol and partner Dave Bender. Sandy pointed out that this was a gathering of three of her “muses.” She wrote her play, WALKING TOWARD AMERICA based on the experiences of Ilga, DEATH VALLEY, A LOVE STORY based on Carol Emerson’s story, and SOMEMBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK based on my poetry.

(Cory, David)

After the play there was a reception to meet and greet and one of the actors, Cory Kilburn, who appeared in SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK (2002) reintroduced himself to me. What an extra treat that was!