I wasn't planning on posting today--but I just remembered that I have a poem about fireworks that I wrote for a collection of acrostic poems entitled What's in a Word?--a collection that is unlikely to ever be published. Here is the poem:
Fiery flowers bloom In the night: Roses, carnations…chrysanthemums, too, Emerald green, red, White, and blue. Silvery fountains spill Out of the sky. Rockets of gold sizzle and sigh. Kaleidoscope colors cascading in space, Showering glitter all over the place.
I worked as an elementary school teacher for more than three decades and as a school librarian for three years. I also taught a children's literature course at Boston University from 2002-2008. I served on the advisory board of the Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival from 2006-2008 and as a member of the NCTE Poetry Committee from 2009-2012. "Things to Do," my first children's book, won the 2018 Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children's Literature and a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award.