The Word Faucet

A few years ago, a friend asked me to help her make up poems at a fair. We added typewriters, and it was like someone turned on the word faucet: Poems flowed out. People loved it. We loved it.

And it surged into Typewriter Rodeo:

Today it’s given me two poetry books, TYPEWRITER RODEO (Andrews McMeel 2018) and LISTEN TO THE TREES (Documentary Media 2020).

And when there’s not a pandemic, it lets me travel the country crafting poems for people. In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to write over 20,000 poems.

Dream moment:  Naomi Shihab Nye reading one of mine at the Sun Valley Writers Conference:

While the pandemic has slowed things a bit, the word faucet is still flowing.

With upcoming events, a fun middle grade series, and some cool new projects in the works. . . 🚰😊

FUN FACTS!

Hometown?  I was born in Columbus, OH, and split my childhood between there and Flower Mound, TX.

First Job?  Dressing up as a Care Bear for the Columbus Zoo. (I was the pink one.)

First Halloween Costume?  When I was 3 or 4, my mom asked what I wanted to be for Halloween. I’m still not sure why I replied: “A green mushroom!” (The hat? She made it from a toilet seat cover.)

First Poem?  Somewhere around 1st grade, I started making up poems. Above is one of my first ones, about the color green. Apparently I had a thing for green!

First Story?  In 2nd grade, I told my classmates that I’d had two poems, about Thanksgiving & Christmas, published in Highlights magazine. Like all stories, it had some truth (I had written the poems), and some not so much (I totally made up the Highlights part).

Favorite Book?  The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Favorite Movie?  Dead Poets Society

Favorite TV Show?  Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy forever!)

First (& Only) Job Dressing Up As a Lottery Number?  I was the number three in the Texas Lotto’s “Pick 3” ad campaign.

Number of typewriters owned?  At least 40…

Dream Job?  Owning a typewriter shop!

Current $$ Job?  I teach legal writing at the University of Texas Law School 

Number of tattoos?  Only one (for now) – it’s a tattoo of the main typewriter I use for poem-writing.

Interviews

All Ways West Seattle podcast (2021)

Texas Country Reporter TV show (2019)

We Are Austin TV show (2019)

WestSide Seattle magazine (2019)

Author Mindy McGinnis’s podcast (2019)

Author Uma Krishnaswami’s blog (2018)

Boston NPR radio … with on-air poem-writing! (2017)