Today is my favorite Literary Day. (I made up my own.) On this day we celebrate the death of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore on October 7, 1849.
At the same time we celebrate the birth of James Whitcomb Riley on October 7, 1849, our first Indiana Poet Laureate.
I love the poetry of both of these men. My dad introduced them to me early on in life.
When I worked in an elementary school, I always dressed up as Poe on this day. Here is what I look like as Poe. Quite a wonderful transformation, don't you think?