Thanks for visiting my website.
Just like that, summer vacation is over. I hope you found the rest and renewal that you needed and deserved. I hope, too, that the new school year is productive and successful.
My summer was a good blend of work and play as I made progress on two projects, taught my summer grad class to a small group of local teachers, presented four days of professional development workshops to teachers in Houston, made 2 visits with Emma to the shrine that is Fenway Park, and enjoyed two weeks relaxing with family and friends on “our” island off the mid-coast of Maine.
One of the highlights of the vacation was our wonderful visit with Melissa Sweet in her studio, a short drive up Route 1 from where we were staying. She illustrated Dirty Laundry Pile, and I’m wicked excited that she is illustrating my 2014 anthology, Firefly July: A Year in Very Short Poems. Her work for the new book is OMG-stunning, plain and simple. The collage work is amazing. You’ll have to take my word for it until December, when I will be able to post some samples. Pity. But I promise to share them with you as soon as I can.
The end of summer means that it’s time for me to start thinking about author visits for 2013-2014. Perhaps you’ve wanted to have me visit your school and talk to your students about reading and writing poetry. Or, maybe you’d like me to present a professional development workshop about how poetry can help your students satisfy some of the CCSS. Now’s the right time to start making plans for such a visit. You can find more information about my author visits here, and you can look at my calendar to see if I will be in an area near you.
You can also arrange a Skype/FaceTime “visit” with your students. I have an information sheet on virtual visits that I’ll be glad to send to you if you request one.
2014 will be a 2-book year for me. Firefly July: A Year in Very Short Poems (with Melissa Sweet’s magical illustrations) will be released in April, National Poetry Month. My new nonfiction book, Double Cross: Deception in War, will be published in the fall. The latter is something of a companion book to my YALSA-ALA Award Finalist, The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles. Speaking of The Dark Game, don’t forget that an ebook edition is available through the iTunes Store. I’m not gonna lie. It’s a kick to see my book on my iPad! All of these books are from Candlewick Press.
As usual, please be in touch with any questions about my books or visits. In the meantime, friend me on Facebook to find out the latest information about my books and travels. Not to mention asides and observations. And, yes, now and then a rant.
That’s the story. At least for now.