Chapmanville Regional High School welcomed West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman on Friday Sept. 25 for several literature workshops with students.
Harshman has published dozens of children’s books and poetry collections including A Little Excitement, Snow Company, Red Are the Apples, and his most popular book in West Virginia, Rocks in My Pockets. His best-selling book Only One has been translated into several languages, and his story The Storm was named a Smithsonian National Book for Children. In May 2012, he was named the state poet laureate.
Mr. Harshman shared poems and conducted reading workshops with students from Mrs. Elizabeth Kirkendoll’s ninth-grade English and reading classes. Although he considers himself a poet at heart, Harshman says poetry and children’s literature are closely related because both are “saying as much as you can with as few of words as possible.”
Kirkendoll said the visit provided a unique learning experience for students.
“Having Mr. Harshman in the classroom exposed students to a love of poetry and literature in a way that only someone with first-hand experience can. It was a life-changing moment for many students. After each class, students wanted to stay longer with Mr. Harshman, and many went to him and thanked him for the experience. It truly was an amazing day of learning.”
Harshman just released his latest children’s book Mountain Christmas which depicts Santa’s visit to West Virginia and showcases some of the state’s most famous landmarks.