Summer Literacy Conference features award-winning poet and author

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 27, 2009) – “Read, Write, Rhythm and Rhyme” is the theme of this year’s summer literacy conference, set for 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at Cookeville High School.
And it’s not too late to register for the event, sponsored by Tennessee Tech University’s International Reading Association and featuring North Carolina author, poet, performer and educator Allan Wolf.
An award-winning poet and writer, Wolf’s books include New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery (Candlewick Press), which is a novel in verse that has been chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an IRA Children’s Book Award Notable.
His other books include The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts, a book about writing poetry entitled Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent and Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet’s Life, and a young adult novel in verse entitled Zane’s Trace.
Wolf will lead a general session at the conference set for 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and will conduct three breakout sessions open only to ticketed attendees.
Topics of featured breakout sessions presented by a variety of other reading and writing experts include using literature to understand Islam and Muslim students, exploring strategies that capitalize on texting and digital literacy, reading timelines, creating inventions as springboards to writing propaganda, using literature to deter bullying, and more.
Early conference registration has closed, but the cost of registering at the door is $30, and it will begin at 7:15 a.m.
For more information about registering for the conference, call or e-mail Jane Baker at 931/372-3079 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about conference programming, call or e-mail Kathy Brashears at 865/694-6417 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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