A Blessing to Hear

Here below is the eighth poem in The Robertson Unit Poems series.  These poems reflect my correspondence with an inmate serving a life sentence at the Robertson unit in Abilene, Texas.  He contacted me in late May of this year asking if my department offered writing programs for inmates.  Here is my response in the first poem in the series.  The other poems are in reverse chronology here.

A Blessing to Hear

Where I’ll Be Reading Soon

I have a few live reading events scheduled for the rest of the summer and early fall.  If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d love to see you.  And if you would like to schedule a house reading concert at your home, church, or school, let me know.  I’d enjoy seeing you and sharing some poems from my recent collection.

Saturday, August 8.  5pm.  West Dundee, Illinois.  Private House Reading Concert and Gallery Exhibit with Stephen Coates.  Home of Jean Fulton and Stephen Coates.  Contact me if you’d like to attend.

Tuesday, August 25.  4pm.  San Angelo, Texas.  Village East Retirement Community.  Reading from Local Bird and Ukulele Sing-a-long.

Saturday, August 29.  4pm.  Houston, Texas.  Blue Willow Book Shop.  2016 Texas Poetry Calendar Reading.  My poem “Dog” is in the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, and I’ll be reading other poems from Local Bird as well.

Friday, September 11.   Granbury, Texas.  Langdon Review Weekend.

Friday, September 18.   Galveston, Texas.  Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference.

Saturday, October 3.  10am.  Georgetown, Texas.  Georgetown Public Library.  Georgetown Poetry Festival.  2016 Texas Poetry Calendar Reading.  My poem “Dog” is in the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, and I’ll be reading other poems from Local Bird as well.

Saturday, October 3.  7:30pm.  Austin, Texas.  Private House Reading Concert.  Home of Sally Scott.

A Poster Syllabus

Last summer, I developed a comic book syllabus for a course I taught on comics.  Here is one of the pages from that syllabus.  I liked how that format forced me into boiling down the class information into the most basic descriptions of expectations.

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This fall I’ll be teaching an advanced creative writing class focusing on poetry and poetry writing.  For this class, I decided to create a one-page syllabus poster that will be approximately 17 X 22 inches, or about 4 times larger than a regular syllabus.  Once again, this format (while much larger) still provided some nice constraints that forced me into thinking about how I could be as direct and clear as possible about the course and expectations.  Click on the image below to enlarge and zoom in.

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First sketch:

First sketch

 

 

Working on a New Chapbook

I’m in the process of assembling the 7 poems I’ve written so far in The Robertson Unit Poems series into a chapbook.  They are in response to 7 letters I’ve received from an inmate serving a life sentence in a prison in Abilene.  I’m also including 4 of my poems that I mention in these poems and sent to him in my correspondence.table of contents

For the cover, I’ve copied one of the envelopes he addressed to me.  I redacted his name and identification number.

front cover

And on the back, I’ve included a copy of the small paper tag that is included with each of his letters after it has been inspected by prison personnel and before it is mailed.

back cover

I’ll continue to add poems to this chapbook through at least September.  Maybe this will be volume 1.title pageHere are the poems in chronological order as I’ve written them and posted them on this blog:

  1. Writing Program
  2. Word, Poetry, and Law Department
  3. Also Here is Some Examples
  4. If You Ever Feel
  5. Face to Face
  6. I Will Be Waiting
  7. Which is Good

 

 

 

Which is Good

Here below is the seventh poem in The Robertson Unit Poems series.  These poems reflect my correspondence with an inmate serving a life sentence at the Robertson unit in Abilene, Texas.  He contacted me in late May of this year asking if my department offered writing programs for inmates.  Here is my response in the first poem in the series.  The other poems are in reverse chronology here.

Which is Good

I Will Be Waiting

Here below is the sixth poem in The Robertson Unit Poems series.  These poems reflect my correspondence with an inmate serving a life sentence at the Robertson unit in Abilene, Texas.  He contacted me in late May of this year asking if my department offered writing programs for inmates.  Here is my response in the first poem in the series.  The other poems are in reverse chronology here.

I Will Be Waiting