Poetry Olio at ILA

Hi everyone,

I’ve been focused on the blog tour lately and have fallen behind on other matters. One recent development is that I’ve accepted an invitation to participate in the Poetry Olio at ILA (International Literacy Association) conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m pleased to be part of it. In the past more than 200 teachers have shown up for the event, which takes place on Friday evening, October 16, from 7:30 – 9:30. So far the lineup includes Nile Stanley, Allan Wolf, Brod Bagert, Stephanie Fletcher, and our pal Su Hutchens. When others are added, I’ll let you know in case you might be interested in attending the event. The picture was taken at a Poetry Olio in 2014. That’s Kenn Nesbitt, who was then the Children’s Poet Laureate. We look so much alike that I dyed my hair white so you could tell us apart.

Getting set for IRA

David giving brief remarks

Hi everyone,

I’m trying to decide which poems to read at the Poetry Olio this Saturday night at the IRA conference in New Orleans. There are eight or ten featured poets and the program lasts from 7:30 – 9:30 so I’ll probably have time to read six to ten poems. I’ll take more than I think I need but choosing which ones is always hard. If anyone has a favorite of mine, let me know so I can add it to the list of candidates.