Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. Peter's Literature Festival

I had the pleasure to attend once again the St. Peter's School Literature Festival, Chapter Four, held at the school Sunday evening and all school day Monday, October 23 and 24.

Follow the links to
Chapter Two and Chapter Three--alas, Chapter One took place before I started this blog.

Sadly, Bill Kloefkorn, who attended the first three of these exceptional events, passed away. I missed his presence, but both his wife and daughter attended.

And St. Peters school presented a new award named in honor of Bill
Kloefkorn to a deserving teacher at the school, something that would have pleased the Nebraska State Poet.

Sunday evening featured an excellent talk by Nebraska
author Jim Higley, whose new book, Bobblehead Dad, enjoys considerable success. Among other things, Jim also writes a column, Bobblehead Dad, for the Chicago Tribune's Triblocal.

I recorded for your enjoyment parts of Jim Higley's inspirational talk, Part One and Part Two.

As at the previous three festivals in which I took part, my schedule included four 50-minute sessions of Feathers, Petals and Verses (new title this time around because I added a section on Nebraska Wild Flowers).

I met with two groups each of enthusiastic fifth and six graders and enjoyed myself a great deal, as the photographs from the day suggest.

Chris Jacobsen's fifth graders sent me this beautiful poster filled with poems that hangs just now outside my office:

Thank you all the teachers and students with whom I worked for making Chapter Four such a special treat. I look forward to Chapter Five in 2013.

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