Getting set for 2022

Hi everyone,

It has been some year, huh? News has been Covid-driven and we all know someone whose life has been impacted in a serious way by the virus. I know there’s more Covid ahead but it doesn’t keep me from making plans for 2022. I know there will be many changes along the way but I love to begin with at least the skeleton of a schedule.

I have one more month of work to finish the book for Teacher Created Materials with LAURA ROBB and TIM RASINSKI. I hope by then to hear from four trade book editors who have expressed interest in manuscripts they’ve been considering. All four could be a yes but in the publishing world it never pays to count your yesses ahead of time.

In February I have two education books due out with Scholastic, co-authored with MARY JO FRESCH and TIM RASINSKI and a virtual children’s literature festival at Park University. By then I hope to be into some serious writing on at least one of five ideas I’ve been lugging around in my head for months, afraid to put them down for fear of losing track of them.

March is a special month for me. Widely recognized photographer, RANDY BACON, in partnership with Ozarks Literacy Council, will present an exhibit about literacy advocates called “Words and Pictures.” I’m delighted to be in it. Also, March is my birthday month and David Harrison Elementary School wants to throw a birthday party for me. How cool is that!!

I think the book I’m finishing now with TCM is set for an April release. Thanks to LAURA ROBB, I’m on a poetry proposal for NCTE in Anaheim in November. The other two poets are MARGARITA ENGLE and LANAY BROWN-WOOD.

Lots of room on the calendar for other opportunities so I keep it handy.

My Word of the Month poem for December

Hi everyone,

Here’s my poem for December: Eyes.

Randy Bacon at work with David
Eyes

We roam costumed
as though going
to the same masquerade,
our souls exposed
in the pools of our eyes.

Noseless, chinless, mouthless,
we wander past eyes we know
but don’t recognize,
hesitant to dwell
for fear of seeming rude.

This may be the time
to pause more,
seek more,
lean in to read the open books
in the eyes.

(c) 2021 David L. Harrison 

Adding some new dates

Hi everyone,

This is noted portrait photographer Randy Bacon taking my picture for a literacy project in March. I love this picture and can’t wait to see which shot Randy will choose for the exhibit.

Yesterday I heard from a journal editor in California inviting me to do a little tweaking on an article on poetry I submitted in May and send it back. I’m in a time crunch for now but hope to get back to that before long.

At Kate Cosgrove’s invitation I’m joining her for a virtual book talk in a Florida book store in August.

In October, Laura Robb and I are now booked to do a zoom tweet about our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, TEXTS AND LESSONS TO IMPROVE FLUENCY, COMPREHENSION, AND VOCABULARY, Grades 4-8.

A conference call set for tomorrow will determine the fate of a major project in the works. More about that tomorrow.

An artist at work

Hi everyone,

I had a fine time yesterday having my picture taken by master portrait photographer Randy Bacon. Randy was assisted by Cindy Dodson who snapped this shot during the shoot and sent it my way. I like this picture and wanted to share it today. Thanks again to Randy for joining forces with Amy Jardell and the folks at Ozarks Literacy Council to celebrate the 20th anniversary since an original event to encourage and support efforts to focus on improving literacy. There are to be twenty people featured in the exhibit, which will open in March 2022. I’m honored to be one of them.

A picture and a question

Hi everyone,

Ozarks Literacy Council is partnering with noted photographer Randy Bacon to revise an event he did for the Council almost 20 years ago, “Words and Pictures.” In the original collection, I appeared with Sandy Asher, with whom I had partnered on various projects to promote literacy such as America Writes for Kids, and opera star Jim Billings. That was before Sandy and Harvey moved from Springfield to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

I’m honored to be a subject in this anniversary event, which will feature 20 people and is scheduled to be shown in March 2022. To accompany my portrait, I’ve been asked to provide a sidebar of 750 words or so about why I became involved in promoting literacy originally (2022 will mark my 40th year) and why I remain involved today. Specifically, I was asked to respond to this: “You could just as easily have focused on being an author. We want to get the HEART of why literacy is important to you.” No one has asked me to address that issue before. This is going to take some thought. I’ll sit for the picture this morning at 9:30. I’ll wrestle with my response to the question soon.