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About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.


I wish I had an owl a small brown wide eyed screecher like the one who’s made a home on Margaret’s front porch this winter there he rests, nestled between paneled ceiling and bricked ledge nearly invisible, quietly still — … Continue reading

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Yesterday, while a radical mob tried to destroy democracy I baked muffins with the babies 2 granddaughters, in ruffled aprons and diapers sat at the counter in their high chairs and stirred beside me, adding sugar, oohing as the eggs … Continue reading

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Winter squall announced itself by snowplow’s amber lights, streaking slow across my bedroom wall by morning, December steeped in stillness driveway drifts rose three feet tall neighbor boys broomed backyard rink I laced up new white skates, as frosty flakes sustained … Continue reading

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Winter Wonder

Solstice Brings glad tidings In the shape of a star Night sky, bright shimmering prayer Hope-filled Nightsky Planets align, cosmic clockwork Timeless moon, boundless hope December bright Solstice

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Coffee klatch

line of white cars parked in a polite row out they step, one by one clutching oversized satchels donning freshly pressed denim and sky-high boots unmasked and hugging their privilege close laughter ringing, high and bright ignoring the sting & … Continue reading

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Making Art

My art teacher paints these virtual cloud lessons speaking with precision first, prepare your palette use a rosemary brush you must start with the white then add in some Payne’s grey above this green tree line blend using gentle strokes … Continue reading

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Off you g Click Clack Click Mrs. Whalen’s heels echo  down the long dark corridor of my mind   she is holding my hand too tight  walking too fast as I slip and slide beside her   earlier, I stood … Continue reading

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Before We Knew Her

Nanny leans     against a tree in 1929 posed in profile first hints of  life inside her ballooning her dress that falls just below the knee revealing dancer’s legs, though she’s not a dancer those legs caught papa’s eye those legs … Continue reading

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There is an old trunk room on the playwright’s estate where I’m typing these lines just for you I’ve wandered the grounds ambled through the old barn read my fill in the library, quietly crammed ceiling to floor with dusty … Continue reading

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