I read from Shining from a Different Firmament at the Miami Book Fair International last weekend! It was a great experience but that smile on my face is the pure happiness of relief after it was over! It was the first time I'd read my poetry in public and doing so at the largest book festival in the U.S. probably wasn't the brightest idea in the world! But I'm glad to say I survived, met and heard some great poets read (Julie Marie Wade, Kay Ryan, Juan Felipe Herrera, among others) and even glimpsed some celebrities up close! (John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez were talking about their memoirs in the same building and I saw them as they were escorted to the authors' lounge.)
After the talk, the weather had cleared and we came out into a beautiful evening as the book fair volunteers began wrapping things up. I grabbed some mementos, including the sign from my autographing table!