children and poetry: the kids will all write

Some 8-year-old boys drool. In the 4 years in which I’ve worked with third graders, at least one boy has drooled in the middle of at least one class. Sometimes it’s from frustration, but mostly it’s a result of over-excitement coupled with a blood sugar spike.This year’s drool...

#Beerlunch

Sometimes you just have to mash the words "beer" and "lunch" together, take a picture, and put a # in front of it. Then you have to post it in various places and drink it.

For young writers, workshops help explore the “How” of their writing

A few years ago I was hedging on whether or not to plan summer writing workshops for young writers. I’d received a few inquiries from parents who’d found DaveJarecki.com and stumbled upon the Workshop page, where information for the previous summer's workshop (2010) was still live. How did tha...

Once Upon a Time (on Phish Tour)

There's this funny moment when Jack Kerouac appears on the Dean Martin show and Martin asks him about writing "On the Road.""So how long were you on the road, Jack?" Martin asks. "Seven years," Kerouac slurs. "And how long did it take you to write about it?" "About three...

"The Cosmic Dance"

The following poem is technically a gift from my daughter — I wouldn’t have written it had it not been for her. Maybe that sounds a little too sentimental, but it’s true. It was first published in Rattle #37, summer 2012, and can also be found here. When our daughter feeds she c...