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Thank you for visiting my website. 

As an author, playwright, school and library visitor, and workshop leader, I keep busy.  I hope to share a bit of what I’ve been up to on these pages.

High on my list at the moment is Natonal Poetry Writing Month.  Several years ago, I took the challenge of writing a poem a day for 30 days, using prompts available at http://NaPoWriMo.net.  I loved it!  Now that most of my plans for the spring, like yours, have been cancelled, I figure it’s a good time to give it another go.  I hope to publish each daily poem on this page.  Here’s Day 4:

NAPOWRIMO — April 2020

April 4 prompt — Write a poem based on an image from a dream.

TREASURE

The house is ours,

but new.

I’ve not been inside

except for this basement,

where sunlight struggles

through one small, cobwebbed window.

The space

goes on forever,

packed,

with oak furniture,

“country antique” —

mirrored dressers,

round tables,

ornate wardrobes,

dry sinks,

roll-top desks,

chests of drawers —

all in perfect condition.

I walk tight rows

with a shadowy someone

and rejoice,

marveling at the treasure we’ve discovered

and the price it will bring

at a tag sale.

A dream of unearned, unexpected,

unencumbered riches

or, perhaps,

 of a deeper richness.

ALSO, I’m still aglow about my latest community project, “It Happened at the Library.”  Lancaster County school children, K – 12, were invited to contribute writing and artwork for a new book, play, and art display that launched at the Lancaster Public Library on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  The response was wonderful, the books were printed, and performances sold out.  Thanks to the generosity of Fox Chapel Publishing, all students attending the play got free copies of the book, and all 5th graders in the School District of Lancaster received free copies.  Almost all of the contributing young writers and artists gathered for a group autographing party on Saturday afternoon, after the performances.  It was a full-day Library Happening!  Here’s a video of one of the performances:

 Here’s a video of one of the performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNH0YWnCjzc&feature=youtu.be

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The acting troupe rehearse their entrance for “It Happened at the Library.”

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On the Eastern Michigan University campus.

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With illustrator Mark Fearing in Portland, OR.

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One of Mark’s hilarious illustrations.

I write books, mainly for young readers, and plays, mainly for young audiences, preschool through high school.  I also write for adults and travel to schools, conferences, workshops, and theaters all over the country to share ideas and experiences, teach creative writing and marketing techniques, and develop new scripts.  

Here in Lancaster, PA, I delight in working with the public schools and libraries, Millersville University, New Choices Career Development, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and other organizations and colleagues to coordinate programs that encourage literacy and creativity. I consider myself very lucky to be able to do the work I love and meet so many bright, caring, talented folks along the way.

Please visit the pages listed in the sidebar to find out more about my books, plays, events, and presentations. Note that the drop-down menus under “Books I’ve Written” and “Published Plays” lead to only a small sample of my published work.  For the full list, hit the main “Books I’ve Written” or “Published Plays” button.

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Chicken meets Miss Karin, the Librarian, during the Pollyanna Theatre production of CHICKEN STORY TIME, Long Center, Austin, TX.

This website is and always will be a work in progress.  Comments, questions, and suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  The “hoppy” photo was taken during a visit with the K-3 students of Bainbridge Elementary School, Elizabethtown, PA, by PTO president Kelly Batche.

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