Thursday, September 30, 2010

Moving and Grooving with author, Kathy Stemke

I’d like to welcome my guest author, Kathy Stemke. Kathy has a passion for writing, the arts, dance in particular, and all things creative. She has a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia Mountains, she is a dancer/choreographer, teacher, tutor, writer and an antiques dealer.

Kathy is very active in her church as the dance director of The Daughters of Zion Dance Company. Presently, she is working on a Christmas presentation, which includes dance, photography, and original music to be preformed at the Schaefer Theater in Toccoa, Georgia. Kathy enjoys combining unusual elements to create a fresh way to experience the gospel. For instance, you see powerful testimonies danced, photography integrated into many of the dance pieces, and the Holy Spirit creating the world to original music.

Kathy is also responsible for raising her own funds to cover theater rentals, lights, costumes, scenery, photography equipment, and advertising. Her team is participating in fairs, and car washes. They are selling gourmet lollipops, and Belk’s discount cards at NO COST to the contributor. If you’re interested in contributing to this worthwhile ministry email her at

As a freelance writer, Kathy has published several articles, and has articles for sale at Helium, Associated Content, and Constant Content. She is a contributing editor for:

The National Writing for Children's Center, and part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U, a writing service that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, media releases, and much more.

Being a retired kindergarten teacher and a dancer at heart, Kathy writes fun-filled children’s books that encourage movement, and include teacher’s guides with suggested games, worksheets, and activities. Her first children’s e-book, Moving Through All Seven Days, is now available on Lulu:

Guardian Angel Publishing will soon release her book titled Sh, Sh, Sh Will the Baby Sleep? This book, which features consonant blends, tells the story of a boy who becomes a superhero when he wears his thick black glasses. He is challenged with keeping his new baby sister safe and asleep! Take a look at page 6.

Ms. Stemke’s poems have been published in anthologies and in The Abandon Towers Ezine. Her poem, “An Empty Stage,” was voted in the top ten in the 2009 Predators and Editors Poll. Currently, she is working on a photography/poetry book titled Visual Dance Poetry, which illuminates life through the eyes of a dancer. Here’s a page from the book:


I live, I breath, I krump

War drums pump my stomp

Punch the air, arm swings

Sweat cries out and sings

Urban giants flex muscles, hard

I pound this chest, this angry heart

Vicious pops, scars open, bleed

Cramped life, drug merchants, feel

Frustration feeds my tribal king

With beasty moves that kill

Attitudes, prison chains, and freaks

While I keep krumping free

by Kathy Stemke

Last but not least, visit her blog and sign up for her free monthly newsletter,

Movement and Rhythm.

We wouldn't be called VBT-Writers on the Move if we didn't keep moving. Visit October 1st with Karen Cioffi as she features Mayra Calvani.


  1. I get Kathy's newsletters sent to me and I love them. They are full of great games and ideas. As a preschool teacher I'm always looking for fresh new ways to bring movement into my class.
    Thanks Kathy,
    Martha Swirzinski

  2. I love that Kathy helps teachers get the kids moving. Great interview.

  3. My apologies for our previous visitors, I forgot to include the illustration of page 6 and Kathy's poem. It is now shown.

  4. Dear Kathy,
    I can't believe you handle so many things. You're definitely a go-getter!
    How do you plan your day? Do you plan your week in advance? Give us a few time management tips. :-)

  5. Oh, Kathy, there you are! Love your poem. Something about the title of your dance company makes me think we share more than we knew. Please e-mail me at hojonews @ aol. com.

    Oh, yeah, because you are a newsletter editor, I'd love to put you on my list for media contacts. May I?

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Blogging writers' resources at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick,

  6. Love your poem, Kathy! I love the fact that your focus is on teaching kids!

  7. I've had to plan out a three month schedule. But honestly, now that I'm in the thick of the Christmas production, I've had to slow down on my blog posts and emails.

    I just took over as director of the dance team. Next year I'm going to do my fund raising BEFORE the heavy rehearsal schedule.

    Thanks for visiting!

  8. I wish I could see that Christmas show.

  9. Kathy,

    Don't you love Jack's work. He's illustrating two series for me. I am an admirer.

    I love your newsletter.

    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker

  10. I wish you all could see the show! I'll take pictures.

    I love Jack's art. His perspective is different.

  11. Love this poem. Keep up the great work, Kathy. I know you're so busy right now, but you definitely have a gift. Hope you have some time after the Christmas production is over to get in some poetry writing.


  12. Kathy you're a dynamo and I'm in awe of all you do and accomplish. You're tops in my book, my friend! Keep up the great work!

  13. The more I read about Kathy the more impressed I am. Kathy, keep up the great work.

  14. Thank you for all your kind comments.

    A special thank you to Donna for being a great host!

    I wish we could all get together someday.

    Love, kathy

  15. Great newsletter and interview. Love that illo too.

    Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

  16. What a lovely poem Kathy - just right for teaching kids phonetics, and fun too.

  17. Thank you one and all for coming to visit Kathy today. Your support is much appreciated!

  18. Great post, Donna.

    Kathy is such a talented writer and poet. I also get her monthly newsletter and it always has wonderful ideas and tips to include movement with learning.

    I don't know how she does it all!

  19. Love that illustration! :)
    Can't wait to see the whole book.



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