Monday, September 20, 2010
One of my dear mentors, Jewell Parker Rhodes, who was really responsible for my choosing to get my MFA at Arizona State, was on the Today Show this morning talking about her children's book, Ninth Ward, a selection of Al Roker's Kid's Club. The kids are really cute in how seriously they ask her questions, but I confess it freaked me out that they all call her Jewell. This may explain why my undergrads have such a hard time remembering to not call authors by their first name. Can I have a little reverence in the house, please? If you watch the clip, don't think Jewell (I can call her that, I've known her nearly 15 years) is just being warm and fuzzy for tv, she always talks with that kind of love in her voice.