As the blog tour for AFTER DARK continues, today Jane Heitman Healy is hosting at Read, Learn, and be Happy at http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/
With a special thank you to Jena Benton for creating the tour graphic and for being my host on the day AFTER DARK comes out on the 25th, I am grateful to my 1st host, Kathy Temean, and 2nd host, Carol Varsalona. We’ve had many visitors who have left comments.
Yesterday I received exciting news about a recognition for AND THE BULLFROGS SING. It won’t be announced by the state involved until March 5 so more about it then. Needless to say, I’m delighted.
My thanks to all!
This is a special day. For the first time in years we have the pleasure of reading poems inspired by the Word of the Month word that are written by students!
I am very grateful to Jane Heitman Healy for selecting stellar examples of “Surprise Poetry” written by Joan Upell’s 8th grade ELA classes, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High, Eagle Butte, SD, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Joan, please tell your students how much I love their poems. I’m delighted to share them with all the readers who are going to love them too.
Please go to the top of the page and click on the box marked YOUNG POETS W.O.M. POEMS. I know the eager poets will enjoy hearing your thoughts about their work. You are going to find their poems surprising!
Yesterday I heard from Jane Heitman Healy some good news about one of my books, COWBOYS. Here’s part of her note:
I thought you’d like to know that your book Cowboys has been recorded for blind and visually impaired citizens of South Dakota . . . I’m glad a new audience can now enjoy your work!
COWBOYS was on the South Dakota reading list for 2014-15, and now this. I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the link she sent. http://library.sd.gov/BTB/news/2015/Summer.aspx#South . Jane, my Stetson’s off to all who had a hand in making this decision.
Thanks again to J. Patrick Lewis for his latest poetry challenge. Here’s a recap of contributors so far.
Ionic a Minore
What If – Song Parodies
JANE HEITMAN HEALY
Haiku book reviews
Couplets about my ugly lake
Couplets to scold me for being in Florida
If you have a favorite verse form and/or subject with which to tease us into action, I look forward to your suggestion. And by the way, even now, months after some of the challenges were posted, I’m still receiving new contributions. Thanks and keep it up.
Happy New Year, everyone,
Thanks to Jane Heitman Healy — not only for providing our poem for New Year — but for suggesting our first Word of the Month word in the New Year. The word for January, 2013, is TRANSPORT which, as Jane points out, can be a noun or a verb.