As 2018 draws to a close, I am honored and pleased to share two enriching conversations I recently had, as part of Touchstone Center’s forthcoming 50th anniversary in 2019. The first conversation, with poet and non-fiction writer Robert Hirschfield, was published in November as a two-part essay in Teachers and Writers Magazine, accompanied with comments by Kathy Creutzburg and Karen Fitzgerald – and the second, an hour-long interview podcast with educator and writer, Ba Luvmour, was aired in early December – as part of his series of podcasts entitled Meetings With Remarkable Teachers.
I am also delighted to announce, in conjunction with the Center’s anniversary activities, an inspiring project at PS 99(Q), created by and under the direction of teaching-artist, Karen Fitzgerald, entitled The Garden of Whispering: A Journey into the Languages of Nature. Begun in September, and culminating in May 2019, the project based on my poem and book, Each Sky Has Its Words, is a school-wide exploration and gathering of the many qualities of whispered languages, from clouds to sea-shells, that exist throughout the natural world. And to culminate this journey, students will create a variety of tendril murals coming from each classroom doorway, incorporating the words and images of students throughout the school. A permanent outdoor sculpture will also be created by Peace Committee students, consisting of words and forms generated by parents, students and staff. It will be installed above the entry-way to the PS 99 Annex for early childhood education.