Lois Lowry's Blog
Ashley Bryan is an old and dear friend of mine and like too many of my friends I don't see him often enough. But he was here last night.
Earlier in the day I had had a class of students from Simmons here---eleven of them---and they were just leaving when Ashley arrived. So there were hasty introductions while people were putting on boots, taking off coats, etc, all of them in the front hall. I wandered off to the kitchen to tend the oven because Ashley and two other friends had come for dinner.
But next thing I knew, I could hear Ashley reciting a poem in his vibrant voice. An audience-participation poem. And eleven girls from Simmons, who had never met this man before in their lives, were shouting out the responses. That's Ashley for you---whipping up enthusiasm and participation, from total strangers, in literally seconds.
I hope the students went off into the cold night warmed by poetry and by an encounter with Ashley.