Next Tuesday evening is Poetry Night, not recommended for a young audience

Hi everyone,

I want to emphasize that this is not a program for children. Some poems may include adult content. I advise against inviting young children to join you for the performance.

I’m looking forward to joining three other poets next Tuesday evening, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. CST, for a Zoom and Facebook online poetry reading. People are beginning to sign up now.

To view the event, just click on the webinar link at the time of the event to join the free event. Jen Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, will be our host as part of their continuing celebrations during National Poetry Month! Jen invites you to “join the Zoom webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/841892558The91 or watch live on Facebook. {The video will be housed on our FB page after the event, so you can enjoy it later and/or again!} *This is a virtual event.*

Link to event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/814763615804477

Poetry

NOTE: During the night WordPress changed the format and I’m all thumbs now as I struggle to find where all my familiar landmarks have gone. I apologize and will do my best to get better at this as I go.
Hi everyone,

Everything is in place for the poetry reading on April 13 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. Hosted by Jennifer Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, the reading will feature four poets, each with about 10 minutes to speak and read, and conclude with a 10-20 minute Q/A session.

Information about the event is now available on the Pagination Bookshop website:

https://shop.paginationbookshop.com/event/evening-poetry-sara-burge-marcus-cafag%C3%B1a-karen-craigo-and-david-harrison-virtual-author-event?fbclid=IwAR04i2nWvH4vNCLoKqW3PhOVEKVqT0fm6gH89R_URisOTG7FbP7tM_lhkB8
and on Facebook: : https://wwwfacebook.com/events/814763615804477/

Planning for April and cleaning my workspace

Hi everyone,

Yesterday morning (virtually of course) I read RUM PUM PUM to all the 1st grade classes at Rountree Elementary School in Springfield. They were good kids and asked intelligent questions.

I managed to edit my 2,400 word article down to slightly under 2,000 words. I hope to send it off to the editor by week’s end.

Plans for celebrating National Poetry Week continue to take shape. On April 6 I’ll do a virtual school visit to one or more schools in Columbia, Missouri as part of the Unbound Book Festival.

A virtual poetry reading hosted by Pagination Bookshop is now set for April 13 at 6:00 p.m. CST. The four readers will be Marcus Cafagna and Sara Burge (poets and professors from Missouri State University) Karen Craigo (journalist, editor and general manager of The Marshfield Mail, and current Missouri State Poet Laureate), and me.

Marcus and I will be presenting on KSMU in Springfield, time and date to be arranged. Springfield News-Leader is exploring story possibilities.

A program for Springfield-Greene County’s summer reading program is finished. It will be a 2-part event that won’t take place until June 2 and 3 at 10:00 a.m. I’m happy about progress so far.

As for today, I have a virtual doctor’s appointment, a phone chat with a colleague at Drury University to explore an idea that might involve me. Otherwise I hope to do some seriously needed decluttering around my work space.

April is coming

Hi everyone,

The national poetry month of April is on its way. If you want to help promote it, now is the time to start planning. I’m joining with poet/professor Marcus Cafagna (Southwest Missouri State University) again to create one of more programs. We’ve approached our Springfield area public radio/TV folks about doing something on air. In the past we’ve each read from our work and included two of Marcus’s students reading from theirs. We’ve done the same thing at our public library, but this year we missed the deadline for planning activities in April. My fault. Should have started sooner. There is a possibility that I’ll do something with poetry for the library’s summer reading program. I would enjoy that. I’m also making a pitch to our public school system to participate in their summer school semester. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve also reminded our newspaper about poetry month and suggested there can be a story in it. I intend to get in touch with friends who work in television and ask them to consider doing something on air in April.

So what can you do to promote poetry in your area this April? Who do you know in the media? Contact them about doing something to feature poetry and volunteer to help. You can write an article or volunteer to be interviewed. Work with a local book store to celebrate the month with readings for adults and story hours for the littles. Make plans to send cards to friends of all ages with poems inside. My friend and fellow poet Eileen Spinelli sends cards on special occasions with quotes about the subject tucked inside that provide delightful surprises and food for thought. Plan to visit someone special who is living in an assisted living facility to read a few poems. Offer to present a program for them. What else can you think of? It’s not too early to start making your plans now.

An evening with poets

Hi everyone,

I hope many of you can join us Friday evening at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield for “An Evening with Poets.” It will start at 7:00 in Room B.

Taken at spring 2018 photo day. February 6-7, 2018. Kevin White/Missouri State University


My co-presenter is Marcus Cafagna, Poet and Professor in the English Department at MSU. Here’s a bit about Marcus.
Selected awards and honors
• Nominee and Finalist, Missouri Poet Laureate, 2010, 2012
• Nominee, Pushcart Prize in Poetry, 9 times
• Named, Notable Missouri Poet, 2008
• Recipient, College of Arts and Letters Research Award, 2001
• Nominee, Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship, 1997
• Selection of First Book, National Poetry Series, 1995
Teaches
• Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program
• Teaches poetry
• Creative Writing Program
• Modern American Authors: Contemporary American Poetry
Marcus has invited two of his outstanding poetry students, Ali Geren and Brandon Henry, to join us. We’ve elected to read two poems each in rotation. I’ll go first followed by Marcus, Ali, Brandon, and then back to me. We’ll shoot for an hour but be prepared to extend somewhat if our audience wants us to. We’ll also allow for time to ask questions. Thanks in advance to everyone who can come.

What makes this evening unique is the mixture of poetry written for adults with that written for young readers. It probably isn’t a program that would entertain young children but if you are curious about how and were these two broad genres of poetry sometimes overlap and connect, this is a good opportunity to sit in and find out!