Fifty-five ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that the new issue of MISSOURI READER is out. Thanks to co-editors Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito, the feature article is mine, and just in time for National Poetry Month in April. Seventeen poets and teachers are featured in my article, each with suggestions on how to introduce poet into the classroom and beyond in ways that are sure to engage students.

This issue also features an interview by Evan Robb talking to Laura Robb and me about out book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH.

To see the issue, here’s the link. I hope you’ll take a look.

https://joom.ag/zGzI

Working the plan

Hi everyone,

I had a good meeting with my friends at the library yesterday. As a follow-up I’ll outline one virtual presentation of poetry for elementary students, a second one for adults (each in two sessions), and write something for the library blog for National Poetry Month in April. The summer programs will be scheduled for June or July but the proposals are due by the end of this month. Meanwhile, Marcus Cafagna and I are still at work finding a home to make a presentation to celebrate Poetry Month, perhaps on KSMU public radio and/or as a virtual book store program. If we do that as we have in the past, Marcus will also include a couple of his poetry students from his classes at MSU in Springfield.

I’ve made good progress this week on the poetry article for Missouri Reader and hope to wrap it up by tomorrow. Next week I’ll finally get to the article for Our America. At least that’s the plan for now.

How do you celebrate National Poetry Month?

Hi everyone,

I’m putting together a list of ways to celebrate National Poetry Month (April) for the March/April issue of Missouri Reader, the online journal for Missouri ILA, co-edited by Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito.

This will include a listing of various ways teachers, librarians, families, and poets focus on poetry, especially during April. I’ll have a few suggestions of my own but I am eager to include your ideas too. If you send me tried and true ways to celebrate poetry that I can use in the article, I’ll give you full credit and list your contract information (if you want it) and one book of poetry you’ve written or that is a favorite that you recommend. You can post your contribution(s) on this page.

Thank you in advance. I’m on a very tight deadline for this so please respond by the end of this coming week. Thanks to all. This will be a unique contribution to poetry lovers everywhere, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Check out the new issue of Missouri Reader

Hi everyone,

The new issue of MISSOURI READER is out and you can view it online for free at https://mla31.wildapricot.org/Current-Journal. This is one of the best state reading journals in the country, thanks in great measure to its two talented, knowledgeable, and passionate editors, Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent.

A large part of the journal’s readership comes through what Dr. Sam calls “word of cyberspace,” so he’s asking people to give it a look and share the link with friends, interested educators, and schools/university faculty/districts/district coordinators. This valuable online journal draws thousands of viewers from the United States and twenty other countries. This issue has a large number of nuts and bolts ideas about implementing a distance learning program in literacy. It also has an interesting article by our old friend, Judy Young, on her journey to become a writer.

I’ve been privileged to publish a number of times in MISSOURI READER. The 2019 winter issue, Volume 42, Issue 2, was dedicated to poetry and at the time attracted more readers than any other issue in the history of the journal. A blogger in Australia wrote some friends and said, “You won’t believe it, it’s a whole issue about poetry!” Here’s a link to that issue. https://newsstand.joomag.com/en/the-missouri-reader-vol-42-issue-2/0872773001549634845

My congratulations to
Dr. Sam Bommarito
Chairperson of The Missouri Literacy Association
Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader
and
Glenda Nuget
Co-Editor of The Missouri Reader

for another outstanding contribution to the ever-changing challenge of teaching literacy, whether virtually or in the classroom.

A wonderful surprise in the new issue of Missouri Reader

Hi everyone,

Today I express my gratitude to Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent, co-editors of Missouri Literacy Association’s journal, MISSOURI READER, for featuring me in the new issue that comes out this weekend. Sam is also going into the second year of his two-year term as Chairman of the MLA. For some reason the national organization, International Literacy Association, has decided the heads of state chapters should now be called chairmen instead of president.

Last year I celebrated the 50th year since my first book for children was published. Sam and Glenda honor me for that and more so I hope you will enjoy their article and of course the entire issue. Here’s the link. https://joom.ag/RCwe

If you would like to become a member of MLA and/or contribute to the organization, you can do it online at https://mla31.wildapricot.org/Join-MLA. State Reading associations are in need of support for the invaluable work they do in supporting teachers and their efforts to help their students develop literacy skills that lead to a fuller life.