In August 2011, I met a stanza of nine poets at the Highlights Foundation Workshop in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. David Harrison delighted us as the teacher. One of the poets, Ken Slesarik, teaches a Poetry Club for 3rd to 6th graders at The Esperanza Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. Since I spend four weeks a year in Sedona, Arizona, I got permission to shoot a video of the children with my new iPhone4s. Another poet from Tucson, Joy Acey, was our camera person. The file was 6 gigabytes, and over 1 hour in duration. So after buying a new iMovie app for iPhone, I started editing.
Most of the children were hesitant to project their voices when reciting their own poems but excelled at dog barking and shouting rhymes. So guess what made it to the final cut. If you want to have a copy of the children’s poems, you can purchase a copy from Ken Slesarik (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION: POETRY FOR ALL
May 13–17, 2012
Workshop Leaders: Eileen Spinelli, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and David L. Harrison
Special Guests: Melanie Hall, Marjorie Maddox, and Rebecca Davis