One of the benefits of leading poetry workshops is that I have an opportunity to meet so many talented, interesting people. Folks who attend the workshops are likely to remain in touch afterward so circles of friends grow over the years. I don’t suppose I know of all the success stories that former attendees celebrate but now and then someone will let me know when they’ve had a poem or something else published. When I know about them, I’m always delighted to celebrate with them and share their good news here.
And so it is my pleasure to tell you that Michelle Schaub, who attended the Highlights workshop, POETRY FOR THE DELIGHT OF IT in 2013, has just told me her great news. Charlesbridge has offered her a contract on her farmer’s market poetry collection. The book, entitled FRESH PICKED POETRY: POEMS FROM THE FARMER’S MARKET is due to be released in Spring, 2017. I well remember reading some of the poems in her collection and discussing them with her so I can tell you that I’m eager to get a copy when her book comes out.
Her editor is Karen Boss, who was also my editor for a new collection coming out next year with Charlesbridge, NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. Michelle is kind enough to credit her workshop experience at The Barn with helping her shape her collection for publication. Talent comes from within and part of being talented is being open and receptive to experiences, suggestions, and modeling that seem relevant to the one doing the writing. What works for one doesn’t work for all. Recognizing which ones do and putting them to work is part of the growth process that we all go through. Congratulations, Michelle. Way to go! I couldn’t be happier!