|I hope all my writing and teaching friends had a fabulous time at the Orlando convention for the National Council of Teachers of English. I know there were loads of terrific sessions, and I was especially sad to miss the poetry panel, led by Sylvia Vardell. It was a great lineup, and I wish I could have heard what everyone had to say.
One exciting thing I did hear:
|J. Patrick Lewis, one of my favorite poets, has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
What fantastic news! Pat is a joy, and his diverse poetry knocks my socks off. I mean, what can you say about a guy whose range goes from The Underwear Salesman to The Brothers’ War: Civil War Voices in Verse. Pat does it all, beautifully and skillfully.
Congratulations, Pat, on this undeniably-deserved honor!