Last week I invited you to enter to win a copy of Tania Runyan’s How to Read a Poem for an English teacher as part of an effort to get this important book onto teacher’s desks across the country. I loved the responses as people shared who they would give the book to if they won:
Mike Geyer captured the spirit of this endeavor, saying
If I happen to get chosen to win this book, I’m going to quickly read it first (I teach a little poetry in my chemistry classes – Frost, The Secret Sits, for example) then pass it along to a 2nd grade teacher in our district who has asked me to speak about poetry to her class since I’ve published several poems. I want kids to learn to love poetry EARLY!
It goes without saying that I’m delighted to see that Mike uses poetry in his chemistry classes. (Mike, I just emailed my son’s biology teacher for help in understanding a poem this week.)
Dawn Leas said “I am a former middle-school teacher, but now I am the associate director of a graduate creative writing program. If I win, I am going to give the copy to one of our alums who teaches middle school.”
Liz Cook would give it to a friend who has a new high school teaching job to help her “spread the joy of poetry to her young charges before they get to university.” Donna Falcone would have given it to a writer’s conference (she already bought a copy for a friend who teaches middle school in New York), Monica Sharman would have passed it along to a teacher at her alma mater in California, Darlene, a home educator, would have shared it with her writers group, and Nancy Franson would have… well, Nancy would have given it to someone very special.
I’m hopeful that those who didn’t win the book will still find a way to put this book into a teacher’s hands. But this time around, the book, thanks to Kevin Stotts, is going to someone who, according to Billy Collins, “teaches like her hair is on fire.”
I’m a retired ELA teacher (39 years). I recommended a former bookstore clerk to become an English teacher. She did. She loves it and the students love her. Her assistance with Poetry Out Loud is invaluable. Billy Collins signed a copy of one of his books to her: “To the woman who teaches like her hair is on fire.”
Thanks to everyone who participated, and caught the vision for putting good tools into the hands of hardworking, energetic, and, possibly even combustible teachers.
The accounting services of Arthur Andersen are a little out of my price range, so our contest results are managed by the True Random Number Generator at Random.org.