the other january . . .


Most of my resolutions begin in September rather than January to coincide with the new school year. And even though I’m no longer working in the schools full-time, September still feels like the proper new year. I take a look at what’s been happening and look forward to the coming year.

  • Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song has flown into review journals (a star from SLJ!) and onto bookstore shelves.
  • Final edits (and photo credits) have been turned in for my fall 2017 picture book biography with Charlesbridge that will be illustrated by Amiko Hirao.
  • I look forward to spending a fall weekend at Poetry Camp in the Pacific Northwest. Poet-songwriter Eric Ode, poet-novelist Lorie Ann Grover, and I will present on poetry, art, and music. The place will be crawling with poets, teachers, and librarians.

And it just so happens that I’ve started work on a new project. Happy New Year to all of those who find themselves gearing up in September.