See you in Texas

Hi everyone,

I’ll be at Texas Library Association, April 10-13, 2018. It’s a favorite and one of the best conferences in the nation. It will give me a chance to introduce four new titles so the timing is great!

If any of you are planning to be there, I’ll look forward to seeing you. And please tell anyone else who might be interested.


Poetry Round-Up

Hi everyone,

This picture went up yesterday of the poetry round-up panel at Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. In case you missed it, here we are.
First row, left to right: Irene Latham, Stephen Swinburne, Sylvia Vardell, and Janet Wong. Second row, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, me, Kari Anne Holt, and Kwame Alexander. We had a good and enthusiastic audience, which added greatly to our pleasure.

My thanks again to Sylvia for her tireless efforts to promote poets and poetry with events like this one.

I was interviewed on video for Junior Library Guild by Leslie Bermel and got to talk about the new book. The only scary part was when she had me pull random questions out of a bowl. One was, who should play me in a movie about my life. I thought of Brad Pitt but feared that he’s too old for the part.

During my signing, the line kept growing until we ran out of books and had to turn people away. I was very sorry about that!

All in all, it was a good day and I was happy to be part of the conference.

Headed to Texas

Hi everyone,

Today I fly to the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. The TLA is one of the largest conferences in America. Here are the published stats from 2015.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:
6,327 Attendees
1,304 Exhibitor Reps
7,631 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).
517 College and University Libraries
968 Public Libraries
2,806 School Libraries
57 Special Libraries
1179 No Preference
800 Teens
David publicity photo
I love this conference and look forward to participating in Sylvia Vardell’s poetry round-up, which includes Kwame Alexander, David Harrison, K.A. Holt, Irene Latham, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Stephen Swinburne, and Janet Wong.

I’m also one of the poets featured in Sofa Secrets, an event sponsored by Junior Library Guild. Each participant will talk about his/her work, read some poems, divulge a secret, and respond to questions pulled from a bowl. The random questions are not meant to be easy so that’s something to shudder about in advance.

Stop by and see me at either event and/or when I’m signing NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T at the Charlesbridge booth at 1:30 in Booth 1338. All three events take place tomorrow (Wednesday).

Cowboys and Pirates in Texas

Hi everyone,

This photo was taken at the Texas Library Association Conference by Kerry McManus at the Boyds Mills Press booth. Dan Burr and I were signing COWBOYS and PIRATES when a pirate came strolling by and posed with us. I’m sorry that I don’t have his name but he made a convincing pirate and we enjoyed the chat.