I can announce my news now that it's official: I’m an incoming member of the NCTE Poetry Committee.
Click here to find out who the other incoming members are.
This is our charge: To recommend on a regular basis every two years a living American poet to the NCTE Executive Committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in recognition of his or her aggregate work; to sustain the collection of poetry books of award winners, past and future, in the University of Minnesota, Kerlan Collection; to recognize and foster excellence in children's poetry by encouraging its publication; and to explore ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays.
More NCTE Poetry Award Information
NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
2009 NCTE Convention Session A.18: Poetry Party! Celebrating 2009 NCTE Poetry Award Recipient Lee Bennett Hopkins
I'll be heading down to Philadelphia for the NCTE Annual Convention later this week. Let me know if you're planning to attend the convention. Leave me a note in the comments.