This is my third and final post about my trip to the Seattle area. Here are links to posts chronicling my bookish adventures in Seattle and Mercer Island.
But first: hello to new friends I met during my presentations this week at Georgia COMO! Wow, Georgia is full of enthusiastic librarians. (More on this next week.) Yay!
And hello all my SCBWI Southern Breeze friends -- excited to be with you today
WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA was just named winner of the Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Poetry! Go, penguins, go!!
Yes, I'm tired. And no, my schedule isn't always like this. October and April and March tend to be my busiest months for travel.
And now, the reason for last week's trip to Seattle, and for this post: Poetry Camp!
Poetry Camp was a partnership between the good folks Sylvia Tag and Nancy Johnson at WWU and Pomelo Books, aka Janet Wong & Sylvia Vardell! SO much planning went into this event. SO MUCH. And it showed. The whole thing was just kind of magical. Yes, it was like drinking from a firehose (perfect metaphor, Doraine!), but it was also such a rich and nourishing time. I loved meeting so many Poetry Friday poets... and hearing poets read their own work! Joy joy joy!
|Howdy Campers! (l-r) Doraine Bennett, April Halprin Wayland,|
Jeannine Atkins, Robyn Hood Black, Irene Latham
I learned stuff, too, like some new ways to approach writing workshops with middle schoolers (presented by Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger). And what great discussions: emotion vs. intellect in poems? Lots to talk about, and how wonderful to make new friends.
Shout-out to Robyn Hood Black whose poetry makerspace workshop was divine! Here is my creation:
- Irene Latham
|me & Liz|
There came a point on Saturday when I had reached my limit -- I'm an introvert, and I wasn't feeling well, and I had been traveling all week... and thank God for Ramona who said, yes, I can take you back to Seattle. Yes, I will get you to your already-payed-for airport hotel. Yes, we can stop at the drugstore. And hey, have you ever tried Starbucks' SHORT (who knew then even had a "SHORT?") caramel apple cider? Well, I have now! Thank you again and again, Ramona! Mwah!
Sylvia Vardell posted lots of great photos on her Facebook page.
YOU JUST WAIT: A Poetry Friday Power Book, brought to you by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. This book is a writers' notebook and a story and a little bit of everything! One of the poems I love appears midway through the book.
by Joseph Bruchac
The whirl of winter wind
slicked the road surface
black and shiny as an otter's back.
The turn of the season's wheel
caught tire treads and heart
at the same time-stopped moment.
I spun, less like a top
than a whirligig beetle,
caromed into the kiss
of guardrail against bumper
rebounded and stopped
just at the edge.
Then the only breath
left held in my chest
was released at last
to spread its wings,
a bird of thanks.
Yes! "A bird of thanks." Sending a whole flock out to the Poetry Friday community today!! I'm so thrilled to know all of you. See you at the next Poetry Camp! xo