Palm trees hanging over a strip of coastal beach on Guam.

The Weavers

Last week was the first week of classes at Morehead State University and I spent a lot of time selecting just the right poem to inspire my students’ writing about their beliefs and writing goals. In fact, the selection of the perfect poem was such a journey I wrote a blog post about it. I…

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Snapshots

For this week (and two more weeks and counting) we have found inspiration in photographs. Our inspiration began with the poem mobile architecture by Jos√© Felipe Alvergue¬†(and other related poems suggested on the same web page) and we picked photos of our families to inspire our writing. I brought this picture to our session because…

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Memories

This week our writing group brought items of personal significance to inspire our writing. This is a long standing form of writing inspiration that reminded me of a children’s book by Mem Fox, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, which I have used so often for so many different communities of writers that I have multiple copies…

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Arizona

The final stop of the 2023 Write Across America virtual writing marathon was in Arizona where we explored layers in a geographical, historical, and personal sense. We can all benefit from exploring the layers of our existence, places, and relationships. How much better would we be as a society, a nation, a world if we…

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California

This week Write Across America took us to California where we explored social issues through poetry and photography. We were invited to write about the social issues pressing upon us and our communities. We were also invited to find inspiration in the ideas and words and images shared with us. What is heavy on your…

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Connecticut

What do local stories and legends tell us about a place and the people who live there? I lived in Connecticut for one of the most pivotal years of my life and so I spent some of Write Across America’s recent visit to that state writing about that year. I might not have been inspired…

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Virginia

What haunts you? What will you haunt? What places and decisions and events haunt you? This week Write Across America visited Haunted Virginia: Sneak Peak and Slide Show for Haunted Virginia visit.

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Grief and Love

Love and grief go hand in hand for humans. If you dare to love then you inevitably risk grief. Grief can be devastating and full of joy. Loss comes in so many forms for humans. The loss of people as well as places and seasons of life all wreak change upon us in myriad ways…

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2023 LexPoMo

LexPoMo is wrapped for 2023 and I am proud that I managed to post 17 poems thanks to the focus on poetry writing with my students and the Morehead Writing Project’s Small Poems, Great Writers work which allowed me to come into the challenge with some poems in my pocket. I am particularly pleased with…

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Life

What is life bringing you these days? Always worth exploring your travels from kitchen table to backroad. Penultimate LexPoMo gleanings: Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay.

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Georgia

What year of your life has been the most consequential for you? Use the Time Traveler Dictionary to explore the words recorded for that year and write in response. Note: This was not a part of our Write Across America visit, but I was reminded of the literature clock that delivers a literary quote for…

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Survival

Can you be too late and too soon? Too fast and too slow? Too soft and too hard? My LexPoMo gleanings for the day: Image by Brin Weins from Pixabay

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