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I am passionate about:
poetry, music (especially jazz), dance, films, literature, children, teaching and making the future brighter for all.
A little known fact about me is:
My photo (age fifteen) picketing Hempstead Town Hall for LI CORE appears in a book by Lillian Smith about the civil rights struggle, Our Faces, Our Words.
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Miller Place, NY, USA
Walt Whitman Birthplace
"In what some call faults, I can see not-so-hidden virtues."
I have never written for the market, but only what I felt moved to write. I have never written anything for children that I don't still enjoy reading aloud to them. They never fail to astonish and instruct me. I strive to make my books and poems inviting spaces where children can laugh, grow and dream. When I begin a new project, I don't know where it may take me. As I tell students, "Surprise yourself and you will surprise your readers, too." I always share with them a favorite quote from the author Grace Paley, "Write what you don't know about what you know." Even young kids can get this.
Love your idea of using daily routines as an opportunity for learning, as well as your lyrical language and lovely picture. I have a close friend from Nairobi. Through her I met Nickson Parmisa, a Masai chief, who is a great caretaker of the land and animals just outside Nairobi. He visited my house on Long Island with my friend and we now correspond on Facebook, where he posts wonderful photos of lions and other animals. Good luck to you, Daniel.