I loved TLA again this year. It’s an exceptional conference. I heard a guess that 15,000 attended but don’t have any true numbers yet. Yesterday I enjoyed very much being one of five featured poets in the 14th annual Poetry Round Up. The others were Jorge Argueta, Janet Wong, Margarita Engle (current U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate), and Juan Felipe Herrera (former United States Poet Laureate). We each read for a while and I loved hearing from the other four. My thanks again to Sylvia Vardell for including me.
Are you enjoying Renee La Tulippe’s wonderful month-long celebration of Poetry Month at No Water River? Don’t miss it! Already she has featured Margarita Engle, Nikki Grimes, Lita Judge, LaNay Brown-Wood, Janet Wong, and Leslea Newman. Today it’s Pat Mora and tomorrow it’s my turn. I hope you’ll check it out at http://www.nowaterriver.com
BULLETIN: Sandy and I will be on Larry Freund’s KWTO W-FACTOR RADIO talk show this morning at 10:00 CST, 560 AM and 93.3 FM, to discuss books, education, and other topics that might come up. Join us if you can.
My pal Renee LaTulippe is up to doing good stuff again over at No Water River. Throughout the month of April she’ll feature a poet/poem/prompt each day. I hope you’ll make a note to check in with her each day throughout the month at
Here’s a way to view the upcoming schedule. Sorry I’m making it a multi-step procedure. Not smart enough to do in one. Doc1
Renee, thanks in advance. It promises to be a great month at No Water River!
What costumes shall we don, my sweet,
To roam the dark, haunted street
And terrify the souls we meet?
Hmm, let me see . . .
perhaps a witch
To cast a spell that makes them itch,
Roll their eyes, scream and twitch!
Yes! I’ll go as me.
Here’s the link to the lovely Renee LaTulippe’s site at No Water River. She finally took off her makeup so we can see her in her natural state: a vampire. Or is that vampirette? Either way, she’s bloody delicious.
If you care to take a look, she explains all in her post and even includes a shot of her 5-year-old twins casting rather anxious looks our way. Playing with Renee is always a treat. What a talented lady!
Some of you have already discovered Renee LaTulippe’s FB post on Friday about a bit of Halloween silliness we engaged in to celebrate this bootiful season. She plans to post the video on Monday so stay tuned.
We wrote the poem together and Renee scripted, directed, and produced it. I wrote some of mine during the day Thursday while talking to kids at the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks. I stopped at one point to hold up my phone to show them that creative types are always at work, even when they’re at work.
Check it out on Monday. If you like it — and who doesn’t like Renee! — pass it around.