Posted by: jeannineatkins | April 21, 2017

Poetry at TLA

So many thanks to Sylvia Vardell for rounding up poets to celebrate the genre, Janet Wong for suggesting poetry to slip into summer reading, and my publisher, Simon and Schuster, for sending me to the Texas Library Association convention. I loved meeting poets whose work I love, and librarians, a few of whom, when I handed them my postcard, said, “Oh, I know you.” Meaning that maybe they catalogued some my work. But, yes, I say that, too about authors. The physical presence is a bonus.

Signing books meant the swiftest of conversations, but hearing about girls who loved science, and those who might need to know about Edmonia Lewis, was a thrill.



It was pure joy to hear people reading our work. At the Poetry Roundup, here is Janet Wong, Amalia Ortiz, Janice N. Harrington, Tamera Will Wissinger, K.A. Holt, me, Helen Frost, Allan Wolf, and Sylvia Vardell.


Occasionally I got to glimpse the San Antonio skyline.

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Lots of good words came and went, but I’ll try to remember answering the question, “What are you doing these days?”

“I’m writing something that’s probably impossible.”

“That sounds like what you’re supposed to do.”



  1. Look at that beautiful group! Love hearing about your time at TLA.

    • Thanks, Jama. Sylvia and Janet really create such poetry joy.

  2. Congrats, Jeannine! Loved both of these books! 🙂

  3. Absolutely wonderful, Jeannine! So happy for you!

  4. So lovely to see you again, Jeannine, and to share your beautiful work with our Texas audience. But someday I’d love to have a whole conversation and maybe a dinner together! 😉 It all flies by way too fast!

    • Yes, so fun to have the celebrations — but quietly doing dishes, or some such, afterward would bring its own pleasures. Thank you so much for including me in this warm, happy crowd!

  5. “I’m writing something that’s probably impossible.” LOVE this! And if anyone can do just that, it’s you.

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence. I know you have your own Impossibles to tackle with grace!

  6. Thanks for taking us along–sounds like a great conference. I was at my little (tiny, really) local library the other day and they have TWO copies of Finding Wonders. One of the copies is now on my night table. A wonderful read!

    • Thanks for reading and letting me know of your pleasure. So much appreciated!

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