A literacy review is intended to be a year end activity that focuses on what one has written, presented, published, shared, etc. in the past year as a way of reflecting, evaluating, and setting new goals for a new year.
Below is a review of the many opportunities to write and present/share my work (and sometimes the works of others), in a year where I wrote and shared more than ever.
The bar is set high for 2017, but I plan to make this year’s list even bigger and better.
(List is chronological, mostly.)
18. A Concordia College student shared my work from American Standard in competition at the KCACTF Region V theatre fest in Minneapolis.
17. For the sixth time in nine years I penned a comedy for the First Church Dinner Theatre’s annual fundraiser at First United Methodist Church. Bitsy and Boots on the Move played in February.
16. In March I debuted my Bedtime Stories column of children’s tales in the Ashland Beacon newspaper. By year’s end 22 of these would be published.
15. Was a featured author at March’s Writers Can Read Event at Empire Books in Pullman Square where I got to share a piece of my Kid Superheroes series (with a little help from my son) and my Porchsittin’ poem.
14. Was published in Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon’s database of Where I’m From poems.
13. My new ten minute play Down on Sandusky Road was named both an official Inge Fest Selection in Kansas and was a Semi-Finalist for the annual Minnesota Shorts Festival.
12. Led a workshop/reading on narrative poetry and essay writing for the Spring Semester Seminar Series at Ashland Community and Technical College.
11. The 3rd Annual New Play Fest at Ashland Community and Technical College highlighted the awesome comedies and dramas of my Playwriting students.
10. My full length comedy Pilfering Rome opened the West Virginia Playwrights Festival in Clarksburg.
9. My short play, Tammy and Tom, was included in a ten minute play fest in Marlinton, WV.
8. Earned some prizes in the 2016 WV Writers Writing Contest, including three awards in the Stage Play category: 1st place for Pilfering Rome, 2nd place for Down on Sandusky Road, and an Honorable Mention for Buck Vs. The Great Chili Monster.
7. Published a collection of poetry in a poetry workbook titled What is a _____ Poem?,now available on Amazon.
6. My ten minute comedy Little Donkeys and Elephants was selected as a semi-finalist, shared at a staged reading in July, and eventually named one of 8 Finalists (out of 130 submissions) at a Political Comedy Play Festival at the Chappaqua Library in New York.
5. Read some of my favorite children’s books to first graders at Central City Elementary as a part of their annual Read to Me Day celebration.
4. My collection of seven short works, Short Plays and Monologues, was a mainstay on Amazon’s Top 100 Comedy Plays chart and topped it at #1 three times.
3. Four of my new short works debuted alongside six other plays on the second night of the ARTS New Works Fest at the Renaissance Center in Huntington.
2. Helped publish essays of a dozen of my students work in both national databases and in our local newspaper.
1. Four thousand people found their way to this The Joy of…blog to read about things to do in Huntington, happenings on campus at ACTC, my poetry, plays, and much more.