This morning at 10:00 CT I’m in for a new experience. I’ll to a Artistree Pottery, on 1423 E. Cherry Street, Suite 103, and read from my latest book, I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS, to children who will be painting designs on pottery of their own making.
We’ll finally resolve the age-old debate: which is more compelling — listening to a story or painting one’s own pot? Or something like that. I have a feeling I’d better give my best reading ever.
Historical fact. Sandy grew up a block away at 1329 E. Cherry. When we started dating, I lived on the next street over at 1329 E. Elm Street. Sandy’s home is a memory replaced by apartments. A fraternity rocks on where once I exhibited my collections on my bedroom walls.
“We are thrilled to welcome children’s book author David L Harrison Saturday, August 21st from 12-2 PM to celebrate the release of his newest publication, THE DIRT BOOK! This event will be held in our backyard and masks are required for all in attendance. This is an event for children, so let’s keep them and each other as safe as possible ~ thank you for your cooperation! THE DIRT BOOK and many other of David’s books will be available for sale at the event! Link to the event is in the comments!“
We’ll all have our masks on and keep our distance except when I’m signing a book but it’s the first in-person signing I’ve done since THE DIRT BOOK came out in June so I’m excited. My thanks to Jen Murvin for hosting me at her one-of-a-kind shop on historic Walnut Street in Springfield. Back in the day this was an area populated by the elite. The houses are large and stately and today’s owners maintain them beautifully. Jen has converted one of those beautiful old homes into a unique book store like none I’ve ever seen.
The week just ending has been another productive one. I sent six new poems to my writing partner, Tim Rasinski. That’s 22 down, 53 to go. I’ve been invited to be a reader/speaker at a virtual children’s literature conference in February. An article I sent to The California Reader is out with reviewers and tentatively planned for the winter issue. It’s called “Poetry for All.” I hope to hear back by the end of the month from an editor who is giving serious consideration to new nonfiction idea I sent her. I wrote the proposal in two ways to give her a choice. I’ve been invited to make a 20-30 minute video about poetry to be shown at the upcoming California Reading Association Conference. The conference is all virtual this year so I can prerecord the video and still attend the American Association for School Librarians Conference in Salt Lake City that meets on the same dates in October. It will be the first time I’ve spoken at two conferences at once. (:>
I’m spending today and maybe tomorrow tying up loose ends on Book #1 of the 2-book set with Tim Rasinski and Mary Jo Fresch for Scholastic. I need to replace one of the poems and write titles for all twenty-six.A proposal for a new project went out this morning so fingers crossed for that one.
At 1:00, Jen Murvin (Pagination Bookstore) and I will be interviewed by Ettie Berneking of 417 Magazine so I look forward to that. After that, the gym, then the rest of the day. I’m not pressing my luck in the gym yet. I’m not sure how hard to work since the pacemaker went in so for now I’m only doing twenty minutes every other day. I feel fine but need to check with my cardiologist before pushing any harder.
Sorry I haven’t written my poem for July yet but am working my way in that direction. I started to do it yesterday but decided instead to get back to updating the list of my published poetry. I made a decent start but now it looks like that little chore goes back to the rear burner again for the time being.
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 email@example.com. 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.