International Literacy Association

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your patience while I took off a couple of weeks to play in the gulf. We were joined by our son Jeff, daughter-in-law Jennifer, daughter Robin, and grandson Kris. A good time was had by all.
David from 417 Magazine
The International Literacy Association (ILA) begins today in St. Louis. Thousands of educators from the United States and other countries will attend. I look forward to meeting with co-authors and editors about various projects in the works and participating in the conference. Tomorrow I’ll m.c. a session with Ruth Culham, Kate Messner, and Lester Laminack. On Sunday I’ll present with Mary Jo Fresch, Lindsey Moses, and Richard Gentry in one session, present with Mary Jo in another, and sign books at the Shell Publications/Teacher Created Materials booth.

I’ll also do a reading on Saturday night at the Poetry Olio. I’ve selected some new poems from works in progress plus a few previously published, including “And the Crowd Went Wild,” “Lookit,” “In the School Band,” “It’s a Lollity Popity Day,” and “The Trouble with My House.” I’m hoping for a nice turnout for that.