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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Looking for a unique program for your school, church, or library? Check out the Singing Poet Guy Spring 2010 Newsletter!

Singing Poet Guy Spring 2010 Newsletter

Greetings, and welcome to springtime!

The birds are chirping, the air is warming up, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you in your schools and libraries this year; I will also once again have a booth at the Texas Library Association conference next month, so if you are there, please stop by and say “Hi!”

I will be doing several readings/performances of my one-man music/poetry/storytelling show across the country this spring and summer, but I still have a few slots open, so please give me a call or send an email to see if we can add your school or library to the list.  Also, I am in the midst of booking for the 2010-2011 school year, so contact me soon to get the best selection of dates!

Please follow the links below to see descriptions of my school and library assembly programs and writing workshops, listen to .mp3 files, and see me “live” in action on YouTube!  Here are links to 2 videos in particular that might be of interest:

Video description of “Singing Poet Guy” elementary/middle school programs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=974HLIfcLJ4

Video description of “Back From the Edge” high school/at-risk school programs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqnCSc1lw2A

If it has been a while since I’ve visited your school or library, I would love to come back again soon, and if I haven’t been there yet, please email or give me a call so we can arrange a visit!

Also, please remember that I have programs available for all ages (pre-K through “seasoned” citizens) and that I can develop custom programs for special events, holidays, library and PTA fundraisers, etc.  I am also available for programs at your community center, church, town festival, corporate event, or private function.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I am now a CLASS certified speaker and author, and have also earned a CPT (Certified Personality Trainer) certification.  Learning about personality types and learning styles can be extremely useful to teachers as they do their best to reach every one of their students, and can also be helpful for students as they attempt to get along with their classmates, teachers, friends, and family members.  I have developed teacher in-service workshops and student assembly programs based on these concepts, so please contact me if you’d like more information.
My two previous books, The Magic of Mechanics and The Ballad of Dinkle and Other Kids’ Favorites, are both doing well, and I am now working on two books:

1)      a Young Adult novel, Back From the Edge, about my experiences as an at-risk teen who dropped out of high school, but who finally turned my life around and through education, faith, and hard work overcame my circumstances to move on to a successful career as an educator, speaker, and performer.  I am hoping this book will be an inspiration and provide hope to those many teens who feel trapped in their current circumstances.

2)      A book of writing exercises that will help students use their own memories and experiences to create poetry, fiction, and personal essays.

Thanks so much for your support of my efforts to improve literacy among the younger set and to help motivate teens to enjoy their education and achieve their goals!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Lawrence J. Clark
“The Singing Poet Guy”

P.S.  If you happen to think of another school, library, church, or community group that might enjoy a Singing Poet Guy performance, please pass this info along—thanks!  🙂