Back in the wheel

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Jen Murvin at Pagination Bookshop for hosting the poetry reading last night. I enjoyed participating in the event with Marcus Cafagna, Karen Craigo, and Sara Burge. Sorry we ran out of time after and hour and a half with ten people still having unanswered questions. If you want to send me yours, my email address is If you had questions for other poets, please send them to Jen at Pagination. Jen invited us back for another reading in a year or so and I’ll look forward to it.

For now, it’s back in the wheel. I’m holding my own on the project at hand but other deadlines loom.

Next Tuesday evening is Poetry Night, not recommended for a young audience

Hi everyone,

I want to emphasize that this is not a program for children. Some poems may include adult content. I advise against inviting young children to join you for the performance.

I’m looking forward to joining three other poets next Tuesday evening, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. CST, for a Zoom and Facebook online poetry reading. People are beginning to sign up now.

To view the event, just click on the webinar link at the time of the event to join the free event. Jen Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, will be our host as part of their continuing celebrations during National Poetry Month! Jen invites you to “join the Zoom webinar here: or watch live on Facebook. {The video will be housed on our FB page after the event, so you can enjoy it later and/or again!} *This is a virtual event.*

Link to event on FB:


NOTE: During the night WordPress changed the format and I’m all thumbs now as I struggle to find where all my familiar landmarks have gone. I apologize and will do my best to get better at this as I go.
Hi everyone,

Everything is in place for the poetry reading on April 13 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. Hosted by Jennifer Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, the reading will feature four poets, each with about 10 minutes to speak and read, and conclude with a 10-20 minute Q/A session.

Information about the event is now available on the Pagination Bookshop website:
and on Facebook: :

Planning for April and cleaning my workspace

Hi everyone,

Yesterday morning (virtually of course) I read RUM PUM PUM to all the 1st grade classes at Rountree Elementary School in Springfield. They were good kids and asked intelligent questions.

I managed to edit my 2,400 word article down to slightly under 2,000 words. I hope to send it off to the editor by week’s end.

Plans for celebrating National Poetry Week continue to take shape. On April 6 I’ll do a virtual school visit to one or more schools in Columbia, Missouri as part of the Unbound Book Festival.

A virtual poetry reading hosted by Pagination Bookshop is now set for April 13 at 6:00 p.m. CST. The four readers will be Marcus Cafagna and Sara Burge (poets and professors from Missouri State University) Karen Craigo (journalist, editor and general manager of The Marshfield Mail, and current Missouri State Poet Laureate), and me.

Marcus and I will be presenting on KSMU in Springfield, time and date to be arranged. Springfield News-Leader is exploring story possibilities.

A program for Springfield-Greene County’s summer reading program is finished. It will be a 2-part event that won’t take place until June 2 and 3 at 10:00 a.m. I’m happy about progress so far.

As for today, I have a virtual doctor’s appointment, a phone chat with a colleague at Drury University to explore an idea that might involve me. Otherwise I hope to do some seriously needed decluttering around my work space.

Missouri has a new poet laureate

Hi everyone,

Late breaking news is that Missouri Governor Mike Parson has appointed Springfield poet and journalist Karen Craigo as Missouri’s fifth Poet Laureate, for 2019-21. Here’s the article.

“The Missouri Poet Laureate enriches Missourians’ lives by fostering the art of poetry statewide through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

As a poet, Craigo has published two full-length collections of her works, “Passing Through Humansville” (2018) and “No More Milk” (2016). She is the poetry series editor for the Missouri State University-based Moon City Press and the nonfiction editor for the literary journal “Mid-American Review.” She explores writing, publishing, and creativity on her blog, “Better View of the Moon.”

As a journalist, Craigo is editor and general manager of “The Marshfield Mail,” a 128-year-old weekly newspaper based in the Webster County seat.

Craigo’s work has been hailed by fellow poets as “disarmingly witty and wise…warm and inviting” with “a wonderful intimacy…a melding of tenderness and humor.”

The Missouri Arts Council facilitates the Missouri Poet Laureate Program on behalf of the Office of the Governor. Parson chose Craigo from public nominations contributed this past spring and vetted by the Missouri Poet Laureate Committee. She succeeds Aliki Barnstone, of Columbia, who served from 2016 into 2019.”

This year I had the honor of being one of the nominees for the post. As far as I know, there has never been a state poet laureate primarily known as a children’s poet (Let me know if I’m wrong about this.), so I held little hope of getting the appointment, but boy was it fun to dream for a while! My most sincere thanks to Catia Gilpin for believing in me and going to the trouble of filling out the forms and submitting them to Missouri Arts Council where the final list of three candidates was selected and forwarded to the governor’s office.

My congratulations to Karen Craigo. Way to go for finally bringing the Missouri Poet Laureate post to Springfield!