I got home last night from my whirlwind trip to Chicago for NCTE. Wow. I spent Wednesday and Thursday and Sunday with my daughter, Maddie, who came with me for college visits and fun (2 college visits, 2 hotels, 11 miles walked on Thursday, Cloud Gate, Field Museum, shopping on the Magnificent Mile, eating our body weight in delicious food, riding the train, gawking at architecture…).?And I spent Friday and Saturday at NCTE (1 presentation, 1 tapas dinner with Ralph Fletcher/Karen Cushman/Katherine Schlick Noe and a great roulette pepper story, 1 good signing, 1 author luncheon, 1 poetry gathering at Kitty O’Shea’s, 1 tribute to poets, 1 session listening to Joyce Sidman and Pat Mora, and countless chats with?teachers, teacher educators, reading specialists, book lovers, poet friends, and publishing people).
I am exhausted. In a good way.
Stories about the trip are forthcoming, but meanwhile, thank you to Clarion for sending me to NCTE and to Sylvia Vardell (Poetry?for Children blog)?for inviting me to be on the Poetry for Paupers panel. Mwah!