In times of uncertainty, I like to keep busy. Keep my hands busy. I’ve been cleaning, gardening, painting, gardening, playing ping-pong, gardening, and petting our rabbits. When it warms up, we’ll paint the garage with some leftover paint from another project. So far, my family and friends remain healthy, though I’m worried about a few.
To my readers, I wish you good health, hope, love of family and friends, and something to do that soothes your heart.
Early March Late March
New Mexico friends! Come see Gospel star, Kelontae Gavin, and accompanying Gospel choir (of which I am a new member, along with a few other writers) singing Sunday, February 16, to mark New Mexico Black History Month.
And while you’re at it, consider purchasing either one
of my first two books–still in print!!
And after that, wander over to Erica’s at What Do We Do All Day? for more books to celebrate African Americans.
February 19 marks the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, when more than 120,000 Japanese American citizens were imprisoned by the US government for the duration of World War II.
In honor and remembrance of this day, I will be reading, signing, and speaking about Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind.
Friday, February 7: Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary, Albuquerque
Saturday, February 8: Special Collections Library, Albuquerque. Program begins 10:30 a.m.
wishing you a warm and safe holiday…
see you in the new year
I have one more event scheduled in 2019!
December 7: Barnes and Noble, Coronado Mall, Albuquerque
On this anniversary of the bombing of Peal Harbor, I’ll be sharing Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind.
Not only did the US enter what would become known as World War II on this day, but the lives of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans would be changed forever.
While you’re here, shop around. The New Mexico chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will receive some of the day’s proceeds, which enables us to provide scholarships to conferences and offer free workshops on writing and illustrating.
I’m excited to announce that Write to Me will be released in paperback in mid-October, and released in Japan in November!
It has recently received two awards: Virginia Library Association’s Jefferson Cup, and the International Reading Association’s Social Justice Award.
Over the next couple of months, this is where you’ll find me:
September 17: Albuquerque, NM – Bachechi Open Space, teaching Poetry through the Seasons – Autumn
October 23-24: Norfolk, VA – Virginia Library Association Annual Conference – Jefferson Cup for Children’s Biography!
October 27: Albuquerque, NM – Page One Books, 3 pm.
November 16: Albuquerque, NM – Return of the Crane Festival, Open Space Visitor Center – Migration and Poetry Workshop, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
December 4: Albuquerque, NM – Bachechi Open Space, Poetry through the Seasons – Winter
Offline for the rest of summer ~ enjoy.
Next week . . .
Poetry through the Seasons (Summer)
Bachechi Open Space, Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate the moon…
Celebrate the 50th(!) anniversary of the first lunar landing with Moonstruck! Poems about Our Moon, an anthology of poems for young readers. Twenty classic moon poems and 20 new poems, including one by yours truly. Available June 1.
4 February: Adobe Acres School, Albuquerque, New Mexico
29-30 March: New Mexico Historical Society Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 April: Gallup Book Festival, Gallup, New Mexico
18 April: Back to Adobe Acres!
24 April: Poetry Workshop — Bachechi Open Space, Albuquerque, NM
27 April: New Mexico Battle of the Books, Rio Rancho, NM