Greetings from New York. I'm spending time here until May 6th doing children's poetry business, going on apartment interviews, and catching up with friends and family. The temperature is about twenty five - thirty degrees cooler than in Florida, I have no complaints! This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of doing a classroom visit at Whispering Oaks Elementary School in Winter Garden, FL. I visited the 4th graders of teacher Steve Czerniejewski's class. I performed a chunk
Hi everyone! I hope you've had a good week. Mine has been filled with rewriting children's poems, entertaining theme park guests and planning a trip to NY. In 2 weeks I'll be in NY from April 24th - May 6th. During that time I'll be seeing friends, visiting family, meeting with teachers and administrators, looking for long term housing, as well as other work opportunities. I've decided I'll be moving out of Orlando, FL at the end of June when the lease on my apartment is up
Well Happy April everyone! As you know, or should know, National Poetry Month is upon us. I'm fired up, and hope you are too. As per my last blog entry I now have the line for the Progressive Poem 2014. This is where a new line is written by a children's poet on their blog and then it's passed on to another poet. It's a poetry chain, so to speak. I'm honored the person behind this exercise, Irene Latham http://irenelatham.blogspot.com/ asked me to go first. So here's my l
Hello all. It's Children's Poems galore this week. I'm doing a children's poetry version of March Madness at Ed DeCaria's Think Kid Think! blog. What happens is you're given a word and you have to incorporate that word into whatever poem you write. My word was host. My poem, which is called FOREIGN EXCHANGE, is "competing" against another poem from a lovely writer named Miranda Paul. Please check it out. http://www.thinkkidthink.com/1-host-vs-16-priggish/ Also, 3 children's
Hello all. I've had a good week filled with children's poetry. This past Tuesday and Wednesday I performed and did workshops with the students of Windermere Prep in Florida. I did an assembly with Middle School students, then helped them get their own poems "up on its feet" to prepare them for a show called VOICE LIVE! which they perform every year. To witness the progress they made in the space of 24 hours was humbling to watch. I hope to visit this fine school again soon
Greetings. One of my favorite writing activities is going to fellow children's poet Laura Purdie Salas' blog (http://www.laurasalas.com/blog) and participating in an exercise called 15 WORDS OR LESS. Once a week Laura will post a photo and you have to write a poem about it in, you guessed it, 15 words or less. This is a great way to learn how, to quote the great Jane Yolen (www.janeyolen.com), make each word count. So, yesterday Laura posted a picture of a fake roos
Hello my people. Well, I promised I would supply a poem a week on the blog so here goes another one. Enjoy! POSTCARD Dear Gail, Hope this e-mail reaches you in good spirits. I found a postcard you sent me from summer camp back when were in 5th grade. It was frayed on the corners with both ee’s in Camp Hiawassee faded away. The card said, Hey Cece! Camp is nice, mosquitos are not. Food here is the same as our cafeteria; both contain mystery grub whose contents will never be
This has been a long time coming! I'm so excited to now be fully a part of the children's poetry blogosphere. I'm thankful for Lori Centeno, Anthony Centeno and the great David Piggott for their hard work and encouragement with this website. They are each charter members of Team Waters, and Poetry Time is stronger because of them. I've been away from the children's poetry community for the last 8 weeks. In my defense I've been locking down various opportunites for myself.