Last week I had a feature at Busboys, and Danny Glover was there! He told me he loved my work and asked me to sign one of my books for him. That was wild on so many levels. I swear I watched Angels in the Outfield like 30 times as a kid.
Shoutout to my alma mater, Davidson College, for covering the entire cost of travel, lodging, and food to bring my seniors down to visit the school. It was an incredible reminder of why I chose to call this place home for four years.
My kids spoke on a panel today at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Dropped knowledge on a room full of adults about what students need from our community and our leaders. Then we ate kabobs and they were delicious. Great day.
I am beyond honored to be featured alongside 49 phenomenal educators from across the country in the upcoming book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom. I’ve been so fortunate to learn from amazing teachers, professors, artists, friends, and colleagues. Everything I bring to my own classroom is simply an amalgam of all that I’ve learned from others. The book comes out on October 12, 2013. Check it out: http://www.welcomebooks.com/americanteacher/
On August 13th, I will be headed to Boston with Adele Hampton, Pages Matam, Natalie Illum, and Rob Gibsun as we represent Washington DC at the National Poetry Slam. It’s going to be bananas. If you’re in the area come check us out.
This past December, my dad received a kidney transplant after years of battling chronic kidney disease and exhausting dialysis treatment. We’ve always been close, but nothing will have you reflect on the important place a person holds in your life the way a serious illness does. I wrote this poem and shared it with him and the rest of my family when he was in the hospital. I’m thankful that I can more fully appreciate all he has done for me and still be fortunate enough to have him around. I couldn’t ask for a better man to look up to.
Josh and Michelle will always be reminders of how lucky I am to teach at Parkdale. The poems you wrote this year will stay with me forever. You have so much to give the world and I can’t wait to watch.