Poetry Friday: Summer Poetry Swap and Time for the CYBILS

IMG_1077Poetry Friday is hosted by none other than Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children.

Hi there,
I am so happy to be returning from my blogcation!  We are moved (My office isn’t unpacked yet) and are settling into our new digs.

One of the best parts about the summer has been participating in the annual Summer Poetry Swap organized by the talented Tabatha Yeatts.  It’s like getting little gems in the mailbox all summer long.

A few weeks ago, I received this from Keri Collins Lewis, a concrete poem about my teaching students poetry:


I wanted to know the back story or her process for writing the poem.  I love learning about the process.  In her email Keri explained the following: “When we cleaned out my father-in-law’s storage unit we found quite a rock collection, including a very large crystal. Thinking of that led to thinking of other types of rock, such as obsidian. That brought the lava & volcano to mind. ” And she sent me this draft:

 will be sharing the poetry received this summer in the school library.


Once again its CYBILS time. This is a milestone year!  The CYBILS Awards turn TEN!!.  This is difficult to believe.

That means we’re looking for panelists and judges.  To find out the information and apply, go to the CYBILS website.  I am always looking for people to serve on the poetry committee.  So especially if you participate in Poetry Friday, please consider applying. OR even if you don’t but you love poetry, please consider applying.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.