The 8th annual Poetry Blast was a blast! Despite the late time and date (Monday evening @ 5:30pm), many librarians and fans turned out for the annual poetry blast. Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, and Janet Wong were a few of the featured poets at the event – each poet reading for seven minutes. Highlights for me were Mike Artell’s reading of Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (definitely added a local flavor to the evening! So happy I found the book in the French Quarter this morning!), and Nikki Grimes’ reading of “First Kiss,” complete with the news that she’ll have a new book out this fall, Planet Middle School, based on the poem. Kristen O’Connell George read from Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems . There is nothing like live poetry. All were phenomenal! Don’t miss the Poetry Blast next year, and make poetry a part of every day until then!
This morning found me at the closing speech of the conference, Molly Shannon’s address in the 2nd floor Convention Center auditorium. She was alternately vulnerable, touching and hysterical (after all, she is Molly Shannon!) Her new picture book, Tilly the Trickster, is more autobiographical than you might think!
And now it’s off the airport. It’s been a great week! I love New Orleans and New Orleans loves librarians! It’s a perfect match.