Whew! NCTE was awesome and exhausting. What a lovely, lovely time. I’m going to share some highlights here over the course of several posts.
Thursday night was my first taste of NCTE, with a lovely get-together with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell (aka Pomelo Publishing), Susan Marie Swanson, and Heidi Mordhorst. We celebrated the release of the brand new edition of the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (so new it’s not live on Amazon yet). We chatted poetry and publishing and told embarrassing stories (“Iceland. For the geology.”) and laughed. After sampling delicious cheese brought by Susan Marie, we headed downstairs to Monello’s, where I had the yummiest buttercup squash ravioli. Sigh. A lovely evening.
Friday started out bright and early with the board meeting for CLA (Children’s Literature Assembly). I’m Secretary, so I typed madly for 2 hours taking minutes. Then I rushed to the opposite end of the Minneapolis Convention Center for The Power of Passion-Driven Research panel.
I loved hearing about everyone’s research methods! Kate’s story of interviewing a scientist distracted by clouds; Laurel’s sharing of the marginalia from her childhood book on Anna Pavlova; LeUyen Pham’s incredibly in-depth research for The Boy Who Loved Math; Jen’s inspiration and resources (must check out Genius Hour); and Deb’s National Biodiversity Teach In…wow, these people are all doing amazing things!
Later that day, I presented at Into the Poem, about poetry and movement, with Sylvia, Janet, and Susan Marie. And Nancy Bo Flood as a final guest star. I learned a lot about movement and how it helps learning of all kinds, and what role poetry can play in that. I had “volunteers” quickly choreograph performances to a couple of my poems, and we did some circle reading, and we had a blast:>)
Then it was out of the Minneapolis Convention Center and into the world for a cocktail party and dinner. More on those next time.