I'm at an all-day intensive today with artistrator E.B. Lewis on "The Hook of the Book," but I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a lovely day! Tomorrow I am presenting at our local SCBWI annual conference with Doraine Bennett on "Finding Voice." And I get to meet Poetry Friday friend Jan Godown Annino!!
Also, I've been reading -- and loving -- NEVER BROKEN by Jewel. Song lyrics are poetry, right? As if a life.
I remember when Jewel first appeared on the music scene, and I remember when she published a book of poems. But I guess I sort of dismissed her as another pop celebrity -- I certainly never embraced her work. (Sorry, Jewel!) Oh, but this book! I knew it might be something special when, on the opening page, I found some lines by Rumi:
Moonbeam Children's Award for Poetry! It makes me happy to think about those wildebeest wandering into the hands of new readers. That's the lovely thing of awards, I think -- the potential for increased exposure and recognition to broaden a book's audience.
Which brings me to the CYBILS! Here's a pic of the titles I'm reading this week in the Poetry category (O, lucky me!):
Have YOU read these titles yet?