A few months ago I signed up for Twitter. Initially I was skeptical about its value. But now, almost 500 “tweets” later, I get it. For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a social media platform where users post quick 140-character thoughts, comments, or shout-outs to the world. Twitter users “follow” each other and something you “tweet” can reach thousands by being “re-tweeted” by your followers and/or grouped according to categories using something called “hashtags”. As a writer, I’ve found Twitter to be a great way to be part of the conversation. It’s also a great venue for networking.
Two weeks into my Twitter plunge, a tweeting poet asked if I’d like to participate in her on-line video library of children’s poets reading their poems. I visited her website http://www.nowaterriver.com/ and was immediately taken by its welcoming feel and creative flair. Her poetry video library has an impressive and growing collection of children’s poets including Laura Purdie Salas, Kenn Nesbitt, and Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. The website creator, Renee LaTulippe, is also a talented poet and children’s writer in her own right. My conclusion: this woman is making a lovely contribution to the world of children’s literature.
Several emails later we’d agreed upon a poem and a date. I’m excited to announce that today is the debut of my first ever poetry video and interview. So, if you have time, click on over to Renee’s site. I’ll make it easy for you. Here’s the link: http://www.nowaterriver.com/