Sunday, December 14, 2008

Author Kathy Stemke Pays a Visit to Patricia Crandall


"Moving Through All Seven Days"

I'm very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, Moving Through All Seven Days. This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

The illustration above is from the new book. Tony Glisson is the talented illustrator who cleverly depicts the fun we have on Saturday.

That's exciting news, Kathy. Now tell our readers a little about yourself. Where are you from?

I'm originally from New York. I went to school in Connecticut and stayed there many years. In 1990, I moved to Georgia, and I now live in the North Georgia Mountains.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing poetry when I was a teenager to express all those new feelings and frustrations.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was an anthology of poems and photography. I've always liked using mixed mediums to express myself.

Do you have a poem that you could share with us?

Sure, here's one:


The mirror of my soul

Reflects from deep within my core.

Dance with unconscious roots

From the murmur of blood is born.

A moment captured in time,

Expanding rays of light in space,

Soaring beyond Earth's grip,

Imagination takes a visible place.

An innate force that must be released.

Communes with God and transcends

Life’s trials and joys, simply becoming

DANCE, the essence that my heart extends.

Kathy Ann Stemke

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