“Mom?” Kayli begins, looking up from my laptop, but just barely. “You know what’s funny?”
“What, Kay?” I ask, setting my book aside, completely understanding the “just barely.”
She tucks a loose chocolate strand behind one ear and tilts her head in a way that is so much like Jason, I can’t help but smile.
“Mom! Are you listening to me?!” She demands.
And I am. Because she’s blog-comment-responding, and I know how very important this is. We share this writer space now.
Over the last few weeks, she’s written back to every last note that you wrote celebrating her first published poem.
(Thank you for that, by the way. You took our whole family’s breath away with your kindness.)
“What’s funny, Kay?” I ask, smoothing a lock that doesn’t need smoothing.
“A lot of your friends said that I was brave to publish my poem.” She says, wrinkling her forehead and her eyebrows and even her cheeks.
Because to her unweathered ears, brave edges wrong.
But to you and me?
With decades of worries and doubts and “I can’ts” filling our hearts and our minds, BRAVE is the perfect word to describe chasing dreams and making things happen, for announcing to the world -shoulders back, chin up- Watch me. I’m going for it.
Oh my heart, how this strikes me. This belief in herself that she has in the palm of her hand, that she can tuck into her pocket, to be taken out whenever she goes for it again.
And I know with every fiber of my being, that this gift that she has is so very good, and so needs to be shared.
I wrote to her explaining my heart, Kids need to write and be acknowledged for it! And she responded with her’s,
“I agree with you wholeheartedly about the value of enabling children to own their creativity. Taking advantage of their youthful fearlessness is the best way to inoculate them against the doubts that so often plague their adult counterparts. I will be glad to be a part of this enterprise.”
And with that, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with unbound CONTENT to publish an anthology of children’s poetry and artwork!
Call for Submissions!
Who: Writers and artists, ages six-eighteen.
What: Original poetry and artwork inspired by the theme DREAM.
When: Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as we have enough content for a complete anthology, submissions will close.
Every writer and artist will be responded to, and everyone whose work is accepted will receive a contributor copy, because PUBLISHED AUTHORS need to hold their books in their hands.
How: Submissions should be sent to me (the series editor!) at galit breen @ gmail . com
More How: Submissions should include-
- The full text of the poem or a jpg photo of the artwork
- An author photo
- A two-three sentence “About the Author” including age
- And a permission sentence such as, “I (name of parent) am the parent of (named child) and grant permission for (title of work), created by (named child), for the Dreams vox poetica anthology to be published by unbound CONTENT.”
Now, it’s your turn. Look your favorite writers and artists in the eye and tell them to think DREAM - waking or sleeping, nightmare or inspiration – just DREAM.
It’s their story, show them that it’s worth telling and that we’re all listening!