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Fall 2012

The Columbus Area Writing Project Fall Conference
Uncommon Writing and Reading Practices In a Common (Core) World
Featured Speakers: Tom Newkirk and Jaime Adoff
Concurrent Sessions, Exhibitors, Continental Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place Columbus, OH 43240
For more information contact Robin Holland 614-436-4481 or rholl10554@aol.com

Attending Antioch University Midwest as a M.Ed. candidate in their Teacher Licensure Program, (Language Arts Grades 7-12)


Writing, speaking, subbing, and loving that I'm going to become a teacher!!


March, 24th-Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition-Guest Poet: Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH.

May, 12th-Wright State University Language Arts Fair-Keynote Speaker/Reader: Wright State University, Dayton, OH


March 3rd-The National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton Teen Summit on non-violence and inclusion- Keynote Speaker.
Sinclair, Community College, Dayton OH


March 4th- Clark County Juvenile Center, Springfield, OH


March 5th- OCTELA Conference- workshop/accepting Teen Buckeye Book Award!


April 7th-8th The 27th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth- Featuring: Nikki Giovanni, Chris Raschka & Charles R. Smith Jr.


May 5th-6th- 2011 Word is Rhythm Poetry Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, Ill.


May 11th- Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati, OH.


May 17th Wilson Middle School, Youngstown, OH


May 18th Youngstown Community School, Youngstown, OH


May 19th- Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood, OH

FAll 2010

Awesome students of Bethany School!!
Reading to an incredible crowd of incredible students at the incredible Bethany School!!
Small Frys at Bethany School!!

September, 17th
Kentucky State Library Association/KSMA Joint Conference
Autographing: 1:30PM Galt House, Louisville, KY
(Also signing- Arnold Adoff & Kacy Cook)


October, 1st
Bethany School, Cincinnati, Ohio

*Stay tuned-more dates to come . . .

Awe inspiring experience at Clark Co. Juvenile Detention Center!!-Photo's by Brock Cox
Clark Co. Juvenile Detention Center!!

Feb 11- Monroe Middle School- Columbus, OH


Feb 24- Project Jericho workshops Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, Community & Public readings Clark State Community College.-Springfield, OH- Public Reading 7:30-8:30 -Clark State Community College Sara T. Landess Technology & Learning Center Room 143


March 11-Hillside Middle School, Kalamazoo, MI


March 17- Project Jericho Poetry Slam- Springfield, OH


March 27th- AACW/Tecumseh Land Trust Benefit- 5:45PM Roots & Reading-Bryan Community Center, Yellow Springs, OH


March 31st-Innes Middle School, Akron, OH


April 1st- Akron Jennings Middle School, Akron, OH


April 8-9-Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, Kent, Oh-featuring: Laurie Halse Andersen, Pam Munoz Ryan & R Gregory Christie!!


April 14-16- SoMirac 2010 Conference- Hunt Valley Marriott, Maryland-featuring-T.A. Barron
Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin, Charles R. Smith, Jr. Pam Munoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Bruce Coville,Richard Peck
Gail Carson Levine and more!!


Clark Co. Juvenile Detention Center!! Everyone read "The Death of Jayson Porter!!"
Following along with the book/Clark Co. Juvenile Detention Center
Incredible students from Riedinger Middle, Akron, OH!!
Riedinger Middle School, Akron OH!!
Cool kids from Riedinger Middle, Akron, OH
mmm mmm good!!

FALL- 2009

Oct 5th-6th- Chagrin Falls Middle School, Chagrin Falls, OH
Oct- 24th, NEATE Conference- Keynote speaker, Warwick, RI
Nov-24th-Madison Senior/JR High, Middletown, OH


March 17th- Burlington County Library, Main Library- 7PM, Westhampton, NJ.
March 17-18- Pemberton Township H.S., Pemberton, NJ.


March 31st-April 1st- Riedinger & Innes Middle Schools, Akron, OH.


April 2nd-3rd- Virginia Hamilton Conference: 25th Anniversary! Featuring: Leo and Diane Dillon* Barry Moser*Jacqueline Woodson*. Special performance by Internationally acclaimed vocalist Leigh Adoff,
Kent, OH.


April 17th-Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, Delaware, OH.


May 4th-5th- IRA Conference-Minneapolis, Minnesota.
May 4th:
12-1pm-Autographing-Hyperion Booth
3-5:45 Adolescent Literacy: what teachers & students need & want- Symposium: *Speaker*
May 5th:
1:30-2:30PM- Autographing-Anderson's Booth.
3-4 Autographing-Penguin Putnum Booth


May 9th-OHIOANA Book Festival-*FEATURED AUTHOR*Ohioana State Library,Columbus, OH (R.L Stine also a featured author)
10:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremony with First Lady Frances Strickland
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.:  Roundtable discussion:  CHOOSE TO READ OHIO roundtable with Jaime Adoff and five other authors in the CHOOSE program, moderated by state librarian Jo Budler
1PM-1:45PM- Panel Discussion:IMAGINATION AND INSPIRATION with Jaime Adoff and Margaret Peterson Haddix
3:00 to 3:45 p.m.:  Individual Reading/Talk
3:45 to 4:30 p.m.: Final meet-and-greet and book signing


May 12th- Alpha School of Excellence, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
May 13th: LaBrae Middle School,Warren Public Library, Youngstown, OH



*More dates to come . . .

Alpha School Gospel Choir! What a welcome!!
Incredible Alpha School students!!
Me and the very cool lunch bunch at Alpha School of Excellence! (Check out the "Names will never hurt me" t-shirts!)
Houston-teen lit fest-ROCKED!!
The incredible students at Copley-Fairlawn Middle & Me!!
Signing a cast for a student at the exceptional Copely-Fairlawn Middle School!!
All the teachers, students & staff wore tie-dyed shirts in honor of "Jimi & Me"
Copely-Fairlawn Middle School ROCKS!!!!

FALL 2008

September 4th- Goose Creek H.S., Goose Creek, S.C.
September 25th- Bennett Intermediate School, Piqua, OH.
October 5th-Great Lakes Booksellers Association regional show, Dearborn, MI.
November 1st- BOOKS BY THE BANKS-Book festival, Cincinnati, OH. "Totally Teen" Panel 1-2PM.
November 13th- Ridge View H.S., Blythwood H.S., Richland Co. Public Library 6:30PM, Columbia, S.C.
November 14th- Richland Northeast H.S., Spring Valley H.S., Columbia, S.C.
November-21st-24th-NCTE/Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School -San Antonio, TX.

More dates to come!


February 16th: Real Men Read, Columbus, OH
February 19th-20th: Green Local Schools, Green, OH/ Hudson City Schools, Hudson, Ohio
February 26th: Washington Intermediate School, Piqua, OH
February 28th: Bellbrook HS, Bellbrook, OH


March 13-14th: SCASL Conference, Columbia, South Carolina

April 4th- Briggs High School, Columbus, OH
April 10th-11th: Virginia Hamilton Conference, Kent, OH
April 19th-mytracs teens workshop, St. Louis, MO
April 21st: Logan H.S. Logan, OH


May 3rd- Celebrate Teen Lit. Conference, Nimitz Senior HS, Houston, TX
May 8th- Cleveland, OH- Barnes & Noble, city-wide Celebration to benefit all Cleveland Public Schools.(Over 80)


*NOTE* There was an apparent communication problem and for that reason I won't be attending the Ohioana book fair on May 10th. Although I had been planning on it.


May 12th-16th-Omaha, Nebraska-Marrs Middle School,
Lewis and Clark Middle School,Monroe Middle School, McMillan Middle School,Buffett Middle School.
May 21st- Copley, OH, Fairlawn Branch Library.
May 22nd-Copley-Fairlawn Middle School.
May 22nd-23rd- Wooster College, Wooster, OH- Power of the Pen- State Tournament- guest author
May 28th- Wright State University, Dayton, OH


June 17th- 8th Annual Ohio Literary Institute, Columbus, OH.("Celebrating Literacy: Inspiring Leaders and Engaging Learners.")

They even had a cake with my face on it!!
What a welcome at Copely-Fairlawn Middle School!!
Writer's workshop, Greeley, CO.
Working with the incredible Teens of Greeley West H.S, Greeley CO.
Speaking to the fantastic teens of Northridge H.S, Greeley, CO!!
Me & the awesome kids of Birmingham Elementary, Toledo, OH!!
Me & the next generation of poets at Birmingham, Elementary, Toledo OH!
More proud poets & friends from Birmingham, Elementary, Toledo, OH!!
Signing a book for a student at Webster Middle School, St. Louis, MO!!
Me with 2 exceptional Students from Beaumont, H.S.,
St. Louis, MO!!
Speaking to the awesome students of Webster Middle School, St. Louis, MO!!
Me & YA librarian extraordinaire, Carrie Dietz enjoying incredible Malts, St. Louis, MO!!
Me with Cheryl Smith and her incredible Chaminade- Julianne H.S. students!!
Arnold Adoff, Joseph Bruchac, Me, Angela Johnson &
Tommy DiPaola- 2005 VH Conference-Kent OH.
Me, Nikki Grimes,& Julius Lester
2006 CSK Breakfast-Award ceremony-ALA New Orleans!
Autograph for a fan-CSK Breakfast-ALA New Orleans!
My fabulous editor Jen Besser & Me-ALA New Orleans!
Autographing-ALA New Orleans!
Kenmore Super Cardinals!!
Kenmore High, Akron, OH!!
Reading my poems to a future author!
Cover to Cover bookstore, Columbus, Ohio

Past events:


Feb. 9th- Diversity program- Chaminade-Julianne H.S.
Dayton, OH

March 8-10- Greeley, Colorado (Greeley West H.S, Northridge H.S, Borders Books, Farr Library, An Open Book Bookstore.)

March 23rd-24th- Octela Conference- Columbus, OH.(Also appearing: Nikki Giovanni!!)

March 30-31st -Collinwood & Lakeshore Teen Centers, Cleveland, OH

April 11th-14th- TLA- San Antonio, Texas (Reluctant Reader panel with Patricia McCormick!!)

April 17th- Bellefontaine, OH (Literacy Night!)

April 19th- Canton, OH (Stark Co. Public Library!!)

April 20th-21st- Parma, OH (Generation Next Poetry Contest Winners!-Rocked!)

May 2nd- Wright State University, Dayton, OH

May 8th-10th- St. Louis, Missouri- Read it Forward- city wide reading initiative. St. Louis Pub. Library giving away 500 free copies of "Names Will Never Hurt Me." (Beaumont H.S. & Webster Middle School- School visits.)

May 13th-15th- IRA- Toronto, Canada
"Poetry & the Reluctant Reader" Panel with:
Jack Prelutsky, Janet Wong, Betsy Franco, Karen Clevinger. May 14th 3-5:45PM

May 18th-19th- Toledo, OH (Claire's Day!!- A celebration of Life, Authors, Illustrators & Reading Excellence) (Birmingham Elementary School Visit)

May 30th- Linmoor Middle School, Columbus, OH

June 9th- Literacy Kick Off!! Columbus, OH

July 23rd- Celebrating diversity- Centerville City School's staff development workshop, Centerville, OH.

August 8th- Celebrating diversity- Centerville City School's staff development workshop, Centerville, OH

2006 EVENTS & more blasts from the past!

Oct 6th-9:30AM- 2006 Teen Summit on Nonviolence and Inclusion(Keynote Speaker);sponsored by the National Conference for Community & Justice & the Dayton Daily News. Sinclair Community College-Ponitz Center, Bldg.12
Dayton, OH.


Oct 6th- 7:30-9:30PM- Great Lakes Booksellers Association Trade Show; Authors Feast
Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, MI.


Oct 13th-15th- Southern Festival of Books, Cook Convention Center and Main St. Mall, Memphis, TN
Author Panel "Harsh Realities: Novels for Teens"
10/13-8:30-10:30AM L11
10/14-9-10:30AM L10


Oct 27th-Northridge High School, Greeley, Colorado
7-9PM-Signing-Borders Books & Music, Greeley, CO.
Oct 28th-10AM-2PM- Writer's Workshop, Farr Library



June 7th-8th- Ohio Library Council's 2006 Diversity Conference
University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, OH.


June 8th- 8:30-9:30AM General Session: An Hour with Jaime Adoff.

June 24th-11:30AM Barnes and Noble-Beavercreek, OH


June 25th-27th
American Library Association's Annual Convention- New Orleans, LA


June 26th- 5:30-7:30PM- ALA Poetry Blast-
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-Room 288-289


June 27th-7Am-9AM-Coretta Scott King Book Award Breakfast, New Orleans Hilton Hotel- (I will receive Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent!)
9:30-10:30AM- Autographing "Jimi and Me" Hyperion Booth#1139

Feb 6th: Gahanna-Lincoln H.S/ annual African American Read In Day; Gahanna, OH.

Feb 9th: Wright State University, Fairborn, OH.

Feb 10th: Findlay H.S, Findlay, OH.

March 31st- Crestview Middle School, Columbus, OH.

April 4th- Grandview Heights High School, Columbus, OH.

April 5th- Shaker Heights Middle School, Shaker Heights, OH.

April 6th-7th- Virginia Hamiliton Conference, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

April 10th-11th- "Imagine the Possibilities Literature Festival" Princeton Day School, Princeton, New Jersey.

April 26th-29th- Central Ohio Writers of Literature for Children Conference, Joseph Montessori School & Second Ave. Elementary School. Columbus, OH.

May 3rd- IRA(International Reading Association) Annual Conference. Chicago, Ill. Speaking to the YA committee,

May 17th-19th- BEA (Book Expo America) Washington, D.C.
May 18th- 11:30 AM-1 PM Guest speaker at the African American Booksellers Luncheon.
May 19th- 1-2 PM Autographing session for Jimi and Me

May 23rd- East Linden School, Columbus, OH.

May 24th- Sullivant School, Columbus, OH

September 21st- Kenmore High School, Akron, OH.

September 22-23rd- Book launch for "JIMI & ME"
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH.

September 24th- Akron Arts Festival, Akron, OH.

October 7-8- The Rocky Mountain Children's Literature Conference, U. of Northern Colorado.

October 17-18- Toledo, OH Public Schools & Library.

October 20th-OELMA Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

October 21st- 2005 District Profesional Development Day/Promoting Literacy for all students. Columbus, OH.

October 29th- Virginia Hamilton: A hometown celebration.
Celebrating the life of my mother, Virginia Hamilton!! Yellow Springs Public Library, Yellow Springs, OH.

November 3rd- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

November 4th-Giddings Elementary & Middle Schools, Cleveland, Ohio

November 5th- Featured 2005 National Literacy Day speaker,
A.J. Rickoff School, Cleveland, Ohio. 12-1 PM

November 11- Briggs High School, Columbus, OH.

November 26- Autographing, Glen Garden Gifts, Yellow Springs, OH. 1-3PM

July 28th-July 31st- The Center for the Study of
Children's Literature at Simmons College,
Boston, MA.
July 30th-9AM: Jaime Adoff & Arnold Adoff

June 25th-June 28th ALA Chicago

May 3rd- Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, OH
May 12th- Pataskala Public Library, Pataskala, OH
May 13th- Linden Elementary School, Columbus, OH

March 11th- San Francisco Day School
March 12th-13- Reading the World VII U. of San Francisco
March 31st- April 1st -Virginia Hamilton Conference, Kent State University. Kent, OH.

April 4th, Shaker Heights Ohio, Schools.
April 5th-6th Oberlin, Ohio, Schools.
April 7th-Columbus, OH, Pub. Library vistis, Driving Park/Karl Road branches.
April 8th-Canal Winchester, Ohio, Schools.
April 13-16th- Salisbury College, MD.
April 20-21- Slippery Rock PA, College.
April 27th- Columbus Ohio Literacy Day.
April 28th- Wyandotte Ohio, Schools.

October 15th
District-wide Professional Development-
Literacy for Young men
Columbus, Ohio

September 15th
District-wide Professional Development-
Literacy for Young Men
with Javaka Steptoe, & Floyd Cooper
Columbus, Ohio

June 24th-30th
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
Orlando, Florida
Autographing-Monday June 28th
Anderson's Bookshop booth #515

June 12th
Summer Reading Kick-Off Program
10:50AM Main Library branch
1PM MLK Branch, 1600 E. long Street
Columbus, Ohio

April 1st & 2nd
Virginia Hamilton Conference
20th Anniversary!!
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

March 20th-23rd
Michigan Reading Association Conference
"Growing readers & writers"
Detroit, Michigan

January, 22nd
Mary Help of Christians School
Fairborn, Ohio

January, 23rd-24th
Children's Literature 2004 Conference
Featuring: Ashley Bryan, Jane Kurtz, Kendall Haven, Tim Bowers, Paula Danziger, Penny Colman, Holly Keller, Arnold Adoff, JAIME ADOFF, Walter Wick, and Angela Johnson.
Columbus, Ohio
Greater Columbus Convention Center

January, 24th
Children's Literature 2004 Conference Session:
Father and Son duo
Arnold Adoff & Jaime Adoff

January, 26th
Shaker Heights Middle School
Shaker Heights, Ohio

January, 27th
Woodbury Elementary School
Shaker Heights, Ohio



November 4th, The Hewitt School, NYC, (Half day School visit)


November 18th, Clark County Public Library Speaker Series, Springfield, Ohio
4:00 & 7:00 PM
(Featured speaker's: Jaime & Arnold Adoff)


November 19th, Chapelfield Elementary School.
Gahanna, Ohio. (School visit)


November 20th, Fairview School, Colonel White High School, Valerie Elementary School.
Dayton, Ohio
(School Visits & Teleconference)


October 17th,
OELMA Conference, Columbus, Ohio
(Awards luncheon speaker/Book signing)


October 20th,
Belfontaine MiddleSchool
Belfontaine, Ohio


October 21st,
North Union Middle School
Richwood, Ohio


October 22nd,
McPherson Middle School/
Clyde Public Library
Clyde, Ohio


October 23rd,
Hopewell-Loudon Schools
Bascom, Ohio


October 25th, Mills Lawn School
50th Anniversary Celebration.
Yellow Springs, Ohio (Guest speaker.)

April 30th, 4-6PM
The Fifth Annual Spring Literary Tea
Jaime Adoff, Shelia Greenwald, Amy Hest &
Robert Casilla
The Center For Children's Poetry at
The Graduate School of Education
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
McMahon Hall Lounge
155 W.60th St.-Main Floor
Space is limited, please respond by 4-28
Phone# 212-873-1339
Fax# 212-724-2394

April 23rd, 1:00PM
Guest Speaker, MEC Annual Vendor Fair
Book signing immediately following at 3PM
Aladdin Shrine Temple, Columbus, Ohio

April 23rd, 4-5:30 PM
Book Signing
Cover to Cover Bookstore
North High Street, Columbus, Ohio

April 11th,
Ceremony for The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
(I received an honor book), Penn State University.
Book signing reception to follow.

April 5th, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Book signing- 11:00AM-Noon
Glen Garden Gifts

April 3rd-4th, 19th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
Book signing 8:30-9:30PM- April 3rd
Conversation session with Arnold Adoff-April,4th.
Featured at the conference: Alma Flor Ada, Christopher Paul Curtis and the 5th annual Virginia Hamilton Literary Award Winner-Ashley Bryan

April 2nd, Millersburg, Ohio
School visit: 8:30AM-2:30PM
East & West Holmes Middle Schools &
Millersburg Elementary School.
6:30PM -Holmes County District Public Library
Presentation & signing.

March 31st, 2003, 7:00PM
Pataskala Public Library,
Pataskala, Ohio
Program with Arnold Adoff, reading and book signing.

February 20th, 2003
The Virginia Hamilton Celebration of Multicultural Literature for Youth
7:00PM Tishman Auditorium,
New School University, NYC

Reading Celebration with:
Jaime Adoff
Joe Bruchac
Sheila Hamanaka
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Walter Dean and Chris Meyers
Nicholasa Mohr
Willie Perdomo
Vera Williams
Janet Wong
Jacqueline Woodson
Jane Yolen

Celebration held at 66 West 12th Street (New School University) NYC
Contact: (646-414-0665)
Author's books will be available for sale at the event, thanks to Bank Street Books!
FREE Admission!!!