Just a quick note between wind storms – those gusty fustilarians leaving all sorts of leanings, vandalizing our privacy fence with an unhealthy bend (now fixed – thanks, Ace!) and leading more than a few freshmen into cabin fever, cannibal-inclinations.
Being National Poetry Month, I’ve been studiously reading poems each day and writing a few in my spare time. While the last effort is always rewarding, the second has also been beneficial. Not only is my emotional state more settled, but I have also been accepted for publication! The debut, summer edition of the Crow Literary Journal, a new print literary journal here in eastern Wyoming, will include three poems by yours truly. My contact with their team has been invigorating, and I think there will be some very talented writers making a name for themselves. While I hold no such high hopes for me, I do appreciate being included.
In another note on summer fortunes, I have also been offered a panel at Denver Comic Con this year! I’ll let my description speak for me, especially to remember what I promised to do:
Illustrated Education: Drawing on Comics in the High School Classroom
An educator will describe the elements of design, text selection, metacognition, and publication that inspired reluctant readers into avenues of creation and abstract thinking – all through the use of the comics medium! The presentation will include: the steps of identifying high school classes with a need for reordered thinking/reading, implementing visual and comics texts into curricular needs, naming foundational texts of a graphic novel classroom, examining concepts and pedagogy that suit higher-order, 21st-century thinking, and inviting participants in the session to communicate, collaborate, and create opportunities to use the valuable media in their own classrooms.
I don’t know the specifics yet, but such information will be posted when available – that is, if I don’t flee from my own hubris into a summer cycle of seclusion and self-doubt.