Thank you my well-wishers: Lisa B and Dr. Write.
Thirty-one would be proud. I wore very tall shoes.
Some of my favorite writers were there and they said nice props. And even though I dropped my papers, people still said I read beautifully, elegantly.
I'm pretty happy! I love to read (I always forget how much I love it). My students came, my colleagues came, folks from Western came. A fellow-NEA winner from 1995 came. Well-attended indeed.
My neighbors came too! 4 of them. Linda, Cheryl, Beth and her daughter Rose. So it wasn't just poetry-ites. It made me feel like I'm making in-roads and communities.
I read with my non-poetry reading voice which people seemed to love.
Now, if I could only get the paper to stay on the podium....