Climate Anxiety Counseling / River of Words at RI Festival of Children’s Books and Authors

The booth and I will be at the RI Festival of Children’s Books and Authors, at the Lincoln School, tomorrow 9-12.

You can bring your climate anxieties as you normally would. But I’ll also be helping people write poems for the River of Words contest, in conjunction with the RI Center for the Book and the RI Center for the humanities. Come and write a poem!

I’m also looking for volunteers to host tributary River of Words workshop for adults (River of Words proper is for kids and teenagers). Here’s what RICH and RICB are saying about it:

Calling writers, teachers, librarians, fluvial denizens and riparian citizens of all kinds!

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Center for the Book are looking for volunteers to bring one-day writing workshops focusing on rivers and watersheds to local after-school and community programs, as part of 
River of Words, a national writing and art contest for K-12 students. The Library of Congress’ River of Words program connects multidisciplinary understanding of the environment, specifically watersheds, to literary creativity, artistic representation, and historical imagination. We are thrilled to host this program in Rhode Island with our geography of rivers, bays, and ocean and our associated history and culture.
We invite you to lead a workshop using a sample curriculum and set of texts that you can embellish or trim at will (designed by Kate Schapira of Brown University and Climate Anxiety Counseling). You can use this as an opportunity to bring the program to your favorite community organization or we will have suggestions of locations that have expressed interest. The workshops will take place throughout Rhode Island over the month of November to create poems for submission to the national contest in December.
Please let me know by 10/31 if you’d be interested in doing this! I’ll be sending out individual feelers and tentacles and cilia and root hairs, too.
I hope to see some of you tomorrow up at the Lincoln School. If you love the water, if you’ve ever wanted to write the river, come.