book release party


About a week and a half ago, my students (which are mostly literary magazine staff, and also English club staff, and also Sigma Tau Delta staff…what don’t they do??) were so kind as to throw a little book release party for me, in my favorite place of all, the library.

 A few of my students read some of their own poetry—it is amazing how talent runs rampant in the tiniest of Georgia towns—then I read a few poems too.

 We had about fifteen or so people show up. cake was eaten, books were signed.

Honestly, I had been a weepy and confused mess all day. Having my book in my hand was too much for me and I didn’t know how to react to it. as an introvert, going to a party was not my idea of “recovery” time.

But it did turn out to be just that. I love my student-writers—I feel like they are my poet-children—and I love celebrating poetry. I left the book release party having sold a few books (always nice) but more importantly, feeling warmly supported and encouraged.

So thank you for celebrating with me.

2 responses to “book release party”

  1. “Poet-children”…haha. So fun. I always felt very close to my high school students, too, so I can only imagine how much closer you would get to college students with smaller class sizes (most of my classes had 20+ kids in them).

    I completely know what you mean about recovery time. I've not had nearly enough of that lately and I tried to explain it to someone recently and I think I ended up sounding like a freak. I said something about how I needed the night off because I'd had two appointments earlier in the day and their face was one of confusion. Introverts unite! …on the internet, not at a party… 😉


  2. Aww, poet-children. Love that. So happy for you!



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