Margaret Fieland: Poetry and Prose


Interview with author and educator Kathy Stemke

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 1st, 2009

When did you first become interested in dance?

I danced in HS some and was captain of the cheerleaders. When I got into college I became part of a dance theater group that traveled around Connecticut. I was given a scholarship to The American Dance Festival where you lived with and learned from some famous dance companies for the entire summer. For example, The Martha Graham Dance Company taught us choreography and technique. It was an incredible experience, which taught me to think “out of the box.”

How does your interest in science play itself out in your creative life?

I love the biological sc

iences because you learn about the origin and preservation of life! It gives me a desire to look deep inside. I see this reflected in my nature photography, especially the close up work.

When did you first start writing, and when did you start to take yourself seriously as a writer?

I started writing in college when I was asked to write a play. I took some courses in poetry and then I turned all my feelings and thoughts into poetry. After that, there was turning back. When I wrote narration for evangelic musical productions and changed peoples lives, I felt like I was helping people. When I sold my first article I realized that people wanted to read what I wrote.

When did you first become interested in bringing movement into the classroom?

I was a dancer and a choreographer who taught kindergarten. It was a marriage made in heaven. When I taught the sounds of letters, I would create rhymes the children could remember and move to. I found that they learned faster and retained more. And we all had so much fun!

How long did it take you to work up the curriculum you have now?

I taught for 37 years and constantly created movement activities for the children. I’m always adding to the curriculum.

Congratulations on your upcoming book. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Thanks. I have one book under contract entitled, “Trouble on Earth Day.” A squirrel and her family learn about recycling and help a homeless songbird. This book is on hold due to the CIPSIA law that was recently passed requiring lead testing on picture books. I’m hoping that the government will lift that requirement soon.

I am about to self publish “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This rhyming book teaches children about the days of the week and how to spell each day. All my books have several activities pages for parents and teachers to use.

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  1. Vivian Zabel said,

    on February 2nd, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Thank you, Margaret, for allowing us to know Kathy better.

  2. kathy stemke said,

    on February 2nd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for hosting me Margaret. If you edit or repost could you include my FREE newsletter offer sign up on my blog? Thanks.

  3. Karen Cioffi said,

    on February 2nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I’m looking forward to getting “Moving Through All Seven Days” for my grandkids. I read it as a manuscript and it’s great!

    Karen

  4. Harry Gilleland said,

    on February 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Anyone who loves the biological sciences and has studied poetry just HAS to be good! :-) Interesting interview that I enjoyed reading.

    Cheers!
    Harry

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