Happy Friday, friends!
Poetry Peeps who need some “overheard” snippets for the January poetry challenge next week can find scuttlebutt from either coast, hat tip to Sara Holmes for the DC stuff.
Librarian and social justice change-maker Edie Campbell interviewed me this week on her blog on being “included” in the incredibly long list of banned and challenged books in the state of Texas. As many others have, Edie noted the number of marginalized authors included in this list, and has invited each of us to speak on the topic. Don’t miss her interviews so far with Adib Khorram, with whom I had the privilege of serving on the NSK Neustadt Prize jury in 2020, and the inimitable Nikki Grimes, and stay tuned for more.
Meanwhile, the Newbery is turning 100 this year, and everyone has an opinion. If you just want to watch the show, tune in Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at 8 a.m. CT.
We’ve suddenly had the fog clear here, so looking forward to some nice hikes this weekend in clement weather. I wish the same for you. Happy Weekend.