A Poet on his Way to a Reading

25 Apr

(PHOTO: Courtesy of Sidwell Friends School) That’s me, right there!

Yesterday, I left work around 9:30am and hopped the red line to the Tenleytown Metro Station.

During my 13-minute walk, I took a deep breath and exhaled – praying that I don’t bore the students and that I don’t get caught off-guard with a question.

While the nervousness is normal for my school visits, that day’s session was a special one.

My friend and poet Hayes Davis invited me to speak to his class at Sidwell Friends, a prominent private school just north of D.C.

Chelsea Clinton and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Edson are among the highly-selective Quaker school’s notable alumni. It’s where Malia and Sasha Obama are currently enrolled.

So you know I wanted to make a good impression with it being National Poetry Month, the only time “the world,” as blogger Marie Basile put it, “recognizes our obsession with white space…”

How’d I do? Read the school’s write-up to find out.


Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “A Poet on his Way to a Reading

  1. Rochelle Soetan

    April 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm


  2. Aquarius Press

    April 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Always inspired by what you’re doing with our youth, Alan. Keep up the good work!

  3. Paul

    April 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Excellent write-up Alan. Poetry and writing are areas that I’ ve not had the time to explore until recently. It’s a new world for me and I’m enjoying its exploration. Thanks for the heads up on your activities and glad to see students are benefitting from your experience.

    • Alan King

      April 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Paul, for the encouraging words. Enjoy the exploration!


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