Happy 2023

Whoo, 23! Here we are. Thank God. Or dog, depending on your perspective. I hope you’re off to an excellent start. I made a lasagna for family and friends last night, and I just did my first (mini) workout of the year. AND I’ve spent a few minutes working toward my next collection of poems. This holiday break has been really good this year. I’ve completed my first (and hopefully the hardest) year of full-time teaching with elementary students. It was extremely challenging, and I’m still amazed that I survived. I do love my job, and I’m thankful to have it, but…

Or, I love my job, and I’m thankful to have it. There we go. In addition, it requires I get an additional master’s degree. Which I have started, but I’m taking this upcoming semester off to complete that next book of poems. The combination of age and the demands of teaching and being a student have brought focus to my, our, limited time to reach our goals. Intention.

I hope to share updates with you over the next few months. It’s going to have many dark poems. I both love them and fear them. Perhaps that’s as it should be.

Happily, my husband, Sam Schmidt, will have a new book by the end of this year, Dark Bird. I look forward to updating you about that as well. And I hope to see you at his readings. We’re going to plan ourselves a book tour – at least on the East Coast of the US. But we might be able to get to the West Coast as well. Perhaps you know of a venue/reading series to suggest? Lots to look forward to. See you soon.


Published by Virginia Crawford

Virginia Crawford is a long-time teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. She has co-edited two anthologies: Poetry Baltimore, poems about a city and Voices Fly, An Anthology of Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Program from CityLit Press. She earned degrees in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Boston, and The University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her book Touch appeared in 2013 from Finishing Line Press. She writes and lives in Baltimore with her family.

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