I'm waiting in a truck stop parking lot for Jen Paulsen right now, typing this on my phone. We're carpooling to Des Moines to see the amazing Billy Collins, and we'll also get to see Allison Berryhill and Teresa Lawler at the reading.
I have this many people to enjoy a poetry reading with, and it's because of small attempts over the past few months to become a more connected educator.
My husband is grateful because it means I won't drag him along to hear poetry. Tyler puts up with a lot, but poetry might give him actual physical pain.
I'm grateful because not only do I have a support network of colleagues, I also have these amazing people who share similar interests.
I have a date with Billy Collins today, but I am just as excited to see my English teacher friends.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.