According to BookBuzz’s literary calendar, Coffee Day is one to be celebrated “because, you know, so many great authors are fueled by coffee.” Probably this statement is founded on a grain of truth. How about you published authors, do you do your best work with coffee at hand? Is caffeine part of your inspiration?

My favorite poetry book in my office is Coffee Poems, reflections on life with coffee, edited by Lorraine Healy. I love many of the poems in the book as much as I love a good cup of coffee. Here is a poem I often read as I sip my first cup of the day:


Sometimes fog

surrounds morning

in a white room;

then the silence

of sunlight seeps

into balsam shadows.

Steam is silence too,

Sipping over the brim

of bone china

in the coffee-quiet

of morning.

(Jeffrey Johannes)



This sketch was done on a paper bag. More than once we have held teacher-student conferences at Starbucks to plan strategies on starting assignments and projects. Coffee often fuels my students, and coffee frequently fuels me.

Raise your coffee mugs! Add sugar and cream if you must. All Hail King Coffee!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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