You are invited to a frog party so hop to it

Hi everyone,

This coming Tuesday, May 14, is publication day for AND THE BULLFROGS SING. I’ll visit two schools that afternoon, David Harrison Elementary and McBride Elementary, and that evening I’ll present a program at The Library Center in Springfield.

The program starts at 6:30 with well known folk singer/guitarist Judy Domeny singing froggy songs. Friends from Dickerson Park Zoo are coming on next to display and talk about the Fire-Bellied Toad
and African Clawed Frog.

Next on the program will be singers from David Harrison Elementary singing/performing one of my poems: “Chorus of Four Frogs.”

While we admire the artwork posted on the walls of young frog artists we’ll hold a hopping contest to see if we have a champion in the audience.

I’ll wind up the evening by reading the new book and answering questions.

Refreshments will served, a specialty of any frog host: buggy-wuggy cookies and swamp water punch.

I’ll plan to sign books from 6:00 – 6:30 and again following the program.

If you live in the area or know someone who does, I hope you’ll consider coming and spreading the word to others. We’ll be in the auditorium at The Library Center on South Campbell. The room holds 170 so plan to arrive early to enjoy the sounds of frogs playing in the background while you wait.

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!

An evening with poets: mark it on your calendar

Hi everyone,

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


A reminder for those of you in the Springfield area: Here’s the link to an announcement from The Library Center about my program with Marcus Cafagna at 7:00 p.m. next Friday the 8th of September. https://thelibrary.org/press/article.cfm?aid=5358

The format for the evening is to take turns reading two poems each. Counting two upcoming poets from Southwest Missouri State University, there will be four of us reading. On this trip I’ve chosen the poems I’ll read from some of my twenty or so books of poetry. Now I’m arranging them in the order I want. I look forward to the evening.

One correction needs to be made. In the text I claim to be one of Missouri’s only two established children’s poets, the other being Constance Levy in St. Louis. During the process of writing an article for the Missouri Reader I discovered two other Missouri based children’s poets: Peggy Archer and Amy Sklansky, both in the St. Louis area. My apologies for the oversight, Peggy and Amy.

Upcoming events

Hi everyone,

As we start winding down August, I’m looking at what’s coming up in September. Three dates I like. On September 1, although I won’t be there at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., my book will. CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS will be there representing Missouri. I’m delighted that Joan Arth will be attending the Missouri booth to hand out bookmarks from my book. Thanks, Joanie!

On September 7, I’m joining with Southwest Missouri State University professor and poet, Marcus Cafagna plus two of his outstanding poetry students — Brandon Henry and Ali Geren — to present an evening of poetry at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield. It starts at 7:00.

On September 11, I’ll be back at The Library Center on a three-person panel as part of a grant-funded Great American Read series. The panel will talk about why people love to read, what they get out of it, and why certain books leave indelible impressions. I’m looking forward to that one too.

There will be some travel in September, and writing. It looks like a month that’s going to go by in a hurry.

My night at the library

Hi everyone,

Here are some pictures taken the other night by Library Community Relations Director Kathleen O’Dell when I was giving my program. The charming young miss, Lilly Williams, did a beautiful job of reading with expression when she joined me in a two-voice poem.

Janine Clark-Barry, a frequent visitor here on my blog, was the perfect grump in a two-voice poem by that name. Way to go, Janine!

All in all, a fun night. Sandy was there but wound up minding the book sales and so was spared hearing me do my thing for the millionth time. Thank you, dear Sandy!These are my new friends, Brendan, Raanan, Isaac and Abigail Minnick.

And to Kathleen go big thanks for setting up the event, including it in the Library’s promotion listing of upcoming events (The Bookends), promoting the evening in numerous other ways, and extending her long day to introduce me and stay to the end. Thank you, Kathleen!