Blog tour stop #6

Hi everyone,

I’m so pleased that Michelle Kogan at Michelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing (https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/blog-tour-after-dark-poems-about-nocturnal-animals-by-david-l-harrison/?fbclid=IwAR3WcYEV2kz3UAHVSIfMBS49KRvZY59i7geSbSid08CKqwf19Vv9Klci5xs) is hosting tour stop #6 today. I’m grateful to Michelle, as I have been each day to my hosts — Kathy Temean, Carol Varsalona, Jane Heitman Healy, Sylvia Vardell, and Linda Baie. I’m truly blessed.

I’m put in the shade by the technical skills and ability to use social media by my hosts. I keep forgetting that this tour also has a hashtag that anyone can use to aid the cause: #AfterDarkBlogTour. Lots of tweets and FB notices too. What a learning curve I’m on!

In other matters, I learned yesterday that the most recent volume of SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHOR, the series of reference books about authors, came out in December. I’m in it and saw the draft some time ago of a rather lengthy article about my work, but I didn’t realize the book was now in print and making its way into library reference rooms around the country. Not many individuals will pop for a copy at the fancy price of $285. Not this individual anyway.

4th stop on my blog tour for AFTER DARK

Hi everyone,

As the blog tour for AFTER DARK continues, today I am delighted that Sylvia Vardell is hosting at PoetryForChildren https://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com Thank you, Sylvia!

If you’ve followed the first three stops on the tour, you know that each one is different. Many of you have been helping through your own networks and for that I’m very grateful too.

My thanks to all!

On another issue, we’ve all seen the posting of student poems by teachers fall from robust to zero most months, especially since the introduction of Common Core State Standards a few years ago, which took away nearly all of a teacher’s time and focused on analyzing over writing. Over the weekend I’ve had a conversation with Rachelle Burk, who wanted to add my blog site to her suggested list of places where students can get some attention with their writing, but Rachelle became discouraged by how confusing the instructions were on the Young Poets W.O.M. Poems page plus the lack of contributions she found there.

With all that in mind I’ve made an effort to rewrite the page as you see here. Please give my your thoughts about the new page plus — especially — how we might go about attracting teachers across the country (and elsewhere) to get back in the habit of posting their students’ poems here. Many thanks!

Young Poets W.O.M. Poems

Dear Teachers,

When you are looking for ways to inspire your students to write poems, this is a special place to show off some results. Every month I post a new word and invite students of all ages to write a poem inspired by that one word. Poets in the adult category write poems based on the same word.

Young poets have been featured here since 2009. Two of the first ones are now in college and one is going into journalism.

Getting your students “published” is easy and free. Here is all you need to do.
1. Choose up to three poems per classroom to post (per month).
2. If your kids are under 13, please have on file a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian.
3. To post a poem, scroll down to the box at the bottom of the screen where it says LEAVE A REPLY and paste the poem there.
4. Please include the student’s name, grade, school, and city in the post.
5. Hit button to submit.
Adults who follow my blog are primarily teachers, librarians, and children’s writers or artists. You can rest assured that your students will see notes of encouragement and appreciation posted about their work. This is above all a friendly BlogSpot!

At the end of each month I erase all poems and comments and we start over with a new word. I hope to see your students join the fun.

Sincerely,

David

PS: The word for February is AGE

David

Blog tour schedule

Hi everyone,

Here we are in February 2020. How did that happen? Didn’t we just start this year? I only stopped wishing folks a Happy New year a little while ago. Wow!

Three weeks from tomorrow, February 25, is pub day for AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and my blog tour to help introduce the book begins one week from today on February 11. I’m very grateful for all the good people who have agreed to be hosts on the tour and give special thanks to Jena Benton for creating a beautiful graphic so everyone can follow the schedule. And thanks to Kerry McManus at Boyds Mills & Kane for suggesting a helpful hashtag: #AfterDarkBookTour to further boost the cause. I’m excited!

Here’s the graphic with a list of blog names and dates. In many cases I’ve been asked to respond to questions. In total my responses were 17 pages long. No one asked the same question! Renee La Tulippe asked for a video so I made one for the day she hosts.

Here’s the complete list of hosts. I hope you will check their blogs each day to say hi or leave a comment. Hosting an author with a new book takes a lot of work and I can’t thank them enough.

2/11/20 Tuesday
Kathy Temean at Writing & Illustrating
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/
or http://www.writingandillustrating.com

2/13/20 Thursday
Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink
https://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com

2/17/20 Monday
Jane Heitman Healy at Read, Learn, and be Happy
http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/

2/18/20 Tuesday
Sylvia Vardell at PoetryForChildren
https://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com

2/19/20 Wednesday
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
https://www.teacherdance.org/

2/20/20 Thursday
Michelle Kogan atMichelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing
https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/

2/21/20 Friday
Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
http://janicescully.com

2/24/20 Monday
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
http://reflectionsontheteche.com

2/25/20 Tuesday – PUBLICATION DAY!
Jena Benton at Simply 7
https://jenabenton.com/category/simply7-interview/

2/26/20 Wednesday
Renée LaTulippe at No Water River
https://www.nowaterriver.com/

2/27/20 Thursday
Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

2/28/20 Friday
Matt Forest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
https://mattforrest.wordpress.com/

3/2/20 Monday
Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
https://irenelatham.blogspot.com/

3/3/20 Tuesday
Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/?p=950&preview=true ` `

Thanks to Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

Hi everyone,

This week I received a royalty check for five of my poems that are in various Pomelo books published by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong in their line of poetry collections. It was a reminder of how much these two have contributed to the state of poetry in our country. Not since Kent Brown created Wondsong at Highlights dedicated to publishing children’s poetry has anyone done as much for the genre and the people who write it. Thank you, Sylvia and Janet. I appreciate the check, but I love what you have done.

Thank you, Sylvia Vardell

Hi everyone,

This week Sylvia Vardell, my friend and beloved authority on children’s literature, does me the honor of posting about my journey as a writer on her famous blog. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to drop over to Sylvia’s and have a look. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/
Sylvia, thank you again for all you do for those who create literature for young people. You are a blessing.