Hi! I'm hal evans.
I've been a teaching artist since 1993, but I've worked in and around education even longer. My passion for learning began with my parents, I'm sure. They were both educators.
My love of writing started in Mrs. Markham's 3rd grade class. That's when my first attempt at a short story won recognition from her student teacher, Miss Bockstanz! Maybe it was actually a crush I felt, but that thrill transferred onto writing assignments with an eagerness that continued into 4th grade with Mrs. Morgan and progressed toward destiny from there.
I discovered Shakespeare in 6th grade social studies, and then, it was on! The power of words still fascinates me every day. What do I hope young readers (of all ages) will take from IF I WEREN'T ME?
Moments of fun,
A-ha's! bright as the sun,
Laughter in herds, and wings like a bird's
to help you rise up and play with your words.
ARTYFACTS grew out of the poetry residencies I've taught in classrooms from Tuloso-Midway (TX) to Batesville (AR). Utilizing questions learned as an actor, I elicited word palettes from students, grades 2 through 12. They, then, painted ideas with those words and penned poems before they realized what the expectations were! And, I, meanwhile, began to record my own ekphrastic odes.
COME DAY IN NIGHT was to be a stage play (my 25th). Then, the pandemic happened. Theaters closed. Schools closed. There was only time... and a remarkable publisher who believed I could write a novel.