Every Year, the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI) Members are able to nominate and vote for PAL member books considered to be "Great New Books" from their region (by regional peers).
The SCBWI is celebrating its 50th year as an international organization that nurtures the creation of great children's literature. I've been a proud member for 16 years and recommend joining the organization if you're interested in learning more about the children's book publishing world.
Find out more at: Scbwi.org!
Sing with Family...
When I suspended the Voiceweaving Meetup site this month I decided to share posts here for my fellow Voiceweavers. The song below was created in 2016 with my friend, Izetta Smith, with whom I've been singing since 1971.
It has been a remarkable experience to maintain a musical relationship for almost 50 years with Izetta; we first sang together in Portland's legendary Storefront Theater. Through the years we've made time to come together and play - for that is what improvisation is at its heart - musical play through which we continue to learn and discover.
As we navigate this period of social isolation I encourage you to sing, play and explore at home - by yourself or with your partners, housemates and children. Here's a simple partner game to begin your improvisational journey. If you click the card below, you can listen to an audio sample of this game.
I translated this post into a little movie...
with a noisy guest appearance at the end:
can you guess what it is? Hope you Enjoy!
Folks often ask me - "How can I create my own melodies?"
Tuesday, May 21st - from 4-8pm, is the last day to view this beautiful exhibit.
The exhibit is at Cerimon House and features images of Nature Spirits of the Pacific Northwest by multi-disciplinary artist, David Vala. The exhibit also features ten Northwest Environmental Organizations who gift us with their work in environmental restoration, community action and climate change mitigation. Please join us Tuesday, May 21st to view this exhibit!
Cerimon House - 5131 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR
As I was curating a recent exhibit at Cerimon House, the artist, David Vala, shared a Mac app he has just discovered called Scopeworks. Using it, I created this little movie from photos of a cluster of peonies and ranunculus in a bouquet created by Portland floral artist Hilary Horvath.
Monday Drop-in Sessions happening this Spring, March - May. Find out more HERE or, if you like, download the flier HERE.