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August Is My Friend

August is my friend. It has always been my favorite month of the year. For me, it means warm days, green leaves, the beach, some downtime before school begins. This August is no exception. I’m grateful for the chance to take a few days before school begins and head to the beach. My plan is to run, read, write, swim, and generally chill. Having lived on the academic calendar most of my life, August always carries a contemplative, “something new is about to begin” feeling.

It’s been a beautiful summer, mostly traveling for readings launching Gospel of Dust. I read in South Bend, Indiana, Philadelphia, Baltimore, as well as the launch reading here in Washington, D.C. In the Spring, I’m hoping there may be a reading at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, my undergraduate alma mater. There will be readings around Washington, D.C. and an April reading at the University of New Haven.

I’m looking forward to a new school year coming too. For the last few days, I can’t get my mind off the new way I want to approach some elements of American Literature. I keep imagining new ways of helping student writing improve. All that will take my time soon enough but I’m enthusiastic for the coming year.

In the coming few weeks, this blog will include a review/reflection of James E. Cherry’s new poetry book Loose Change. I’m already loving what I’ve read so far in his book. There will also be a reflection on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which I’ll attend with some students on August 24th. I might also do a brief review/reflection on Steven Leyva’s poetry collection Low Parish. I’m sure some other ideas I can’t imagine now will come forth too.

I hope you are able to take some downtime as we move toward the middle of August. I hope this most warm and green of months can offer you some quiet and stillness too.

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