Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kibbles and Bits

The sun is out after an evening's coating of snow. Alex is plotting out his next LEGO Star Wars movie with my video camera. Ella is reading in the living room. I'm going to sit down at my desk and write for a few minutes. Life is good.

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Between work, home, and festival planning, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. So I've decided not to take on any new projects, events, or favors until June. I have a tendency to say yes to everything, but I'm feeling stretched. I can barely keep up with the projects on my plate now. Seems like a no brainer but it's taken me this long to realize my limitations.

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Hoping to eke out more time to write, even though I have poetry events today and tomorrow.

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In case you haven't heard, the Friday night headliners for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival are Brian Turner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Jericho Brown! Woo hoo!

Now that I've been behind the scenes, I have a whole new respect for people who put these things together on a regular basis. Whew! Lots of work, but it's good work.

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Here's an article about an upcoming Poetry Out Loud contest. I am very excited to be a judge for the March 5 round.

"Poetry Out Loud engages high school students in mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence, and learning about their literary heritage by taking poetry from the page to the stage. In its sixth year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate classic and contemporary poetry."
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Oscars, BABY! Hope you can join the Twitter Poetry Party during the Academy Awards (9-10 EST). Follow hashtag #poetparty to keep up with the conversation.

2 comments:

RobynBradley said...

I was honored to judge a Poetry Out Loud event at a local high school three years ago. I was awed by the passion and talent and enthusiasm these kids had. It was fabulous to see. Good for you for learning the N-O word. :) Happy writing.

mariegauthier said...

VERY excited about MassPo -- thanks for all you do, January!

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