So far, my summer has been a series of self-imposed deadlines — some of them having to do with poetry, such as sending out submission packets and working on the poetry unit of my summer creative writing class. But, I haven’t got a whole lot of new poems written. To say that I’m in some sort of writing funk may be an understatement. I am, however, hoping to change all that when I take off on Thursday to attend the annual Chautauqua Writers’ Festival.
In the meantime, I’ve been reading Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism by Michael Cart. (This book is part of a future project where I hope to write a paper regarding working-class issues in young adult literature). Cart offers an excellent history of young adult literature, so much so, that I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for my teen Harlequin/Wildfire/Sweet Valley High/Sunfire days. He talks about the ups and downs of the young adult literary world including brief discussions about where young adult literature is going. For those of you who may feel a twinge of the same sort of nostalgia I’m feeling, check out this cool website, (which is not affiliated with Cart — I just like it)