Yesterday was publication day for AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and I had a great day. My thanks to everyone who helped in some way to make the occasion so special.
Today is Stop #10 on the tour and I’m happy to say that the host is Renee La Tulippe, in Italy over at No Water River (https://www.nowaterriver.com/). Most of you know Renee and/or her wonderful achievements in preserving the work and voices of poets. On an early occasion when she interviewed me, for some reason I was full of silly responses and that’s how our relationship began. I’m not sure Renee believes I have a serious thought in my head because when she agreed to host me on this tour I sent her my answers first. Well…
So I’ve been looking forward to seeing today’s post and discover what my patient friend has managed to make of what I sent her. I hope you’ll enjoy her post. I’m quite sure that I will.
Renee, let the fun begin. Seriously.
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!