When I heard Janet and Sylvia were offering a workshop about creating anthologies, I couldn't wait to sign up! I didn't have plans for an anthology of my own, but the opportunity to learn from two people I admire was too good to pass up.
Both workshops, Anthologies 101 and Anthologies 201, have been pure pleasure.Janet and Sylvia set the tone for a safe and welcoming environment. The live Zoom sessions felt like meeting up with friends. Some of the poets were Poetry Friday friends, others became new poetry friends. Everyone was accepting, kind, and enthusiastic.
Anthologies 201 included three webinars. I learned a lot about the many decisions that go into creating an anthology! Even if I decide not create one of my own, I'm much more knowledgeable about what an anthologist might be looking for as they curate poems.
I would have been happy with just the webinars and live sessions, but Janet and Sylvia always pack a little extra something into everything they do!
All of the poets in the workshop had the good fortune to submit three poems for feedback from Janet! Back in the 90s when I first started studying her poems and using with them my students, I never imagined getting to meet her, let alone having her mentor me. Just thinking about it blows me away!
The truth is, I am always really nervous about sharing my poems. But, I knew even if they were awful, my work would be treated with kindness and respect because that is who Janet is. Her comments are gold, and her guidance has helped me become a better writer. Janet is someone who makes you believe dreams can come true.
Sylvia is a kind, supportive, amazing teacher who makes learning fun! I am grateful to learn from her and hope she will teach more workshops online. Sylvia knows poetry and she knows what kids like. She did an awesome job designing the cover of THINGS WE DO! It's a bright, beautiful, high-quality book children will love!
THINGS TO DO was selected (along with Good Luck Gold and more which I wrote about here) as a "Hot Off the Press" book for October by the Children's Book Council.
I'm so honored to have a poem included in THINGS TO DO. The expression on this little girl's face makes me think she is a helper, and she looks like she might be waiting for someone.
Many of us are looking for ways to be helpers. With the holidays fast approaching, THINGS TO DO would make a great gift while also helping raise money for a very good cause. THINGS TO DO is available on Amazon and QEP Books . It's a book children will want to read again and again.
If you are interested in learning more anthologies, consider taking part in Anthologies 101. You can find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, I'm feeling a little sad that we're coming to the end of October. It's my favorite month. I love the colors, the smells, the crispness in the air. I wish October could stick around a little longer.
A big thank you to the lovely Linda at Teacher Dance for treating us to the poetry roundup this week!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!