If you have researched your family genealogy you probably know that the above names may indicate branches of the same family. I have Hersmans (pronounced hershman) in my familial line. And because of that, when I saw that Marc Harshman, the poet laureate of West Virginia, was scheduled to speak I planned to be in the audience.
Marc is a story teller. He recited poems, read and talked about the children’s books he’s written and told stories. He told stories about memories that influenced his writing…winters, storms, fires and childhood treasures. While telling about everyday experiences in his books, Marc also discusses children’s challenges, fears, and successes.
I bought a copy of Only One, which Marc was kind enough to autograph, as a present for a new born baby girl. The message is important and the pictures are ones that a child can enjoy.
Here’s a link to his website so that you can take a look at what he’s written.