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Hi there, Poets and Poetry Devourers (yum!)

Three TeachingAuthors (Jill Esbaum, JoAnn Early Macken, and April Halprin Wayland)
read “Counting Out Rhyme” by Mary Ann Hoberman (…watch to the very end!)
Cooking up poetry on our panel
April Halprin Wayland, Robyn Hood Black, and Irene Latham cook up poetry from the Poetry Friday Anthologies
for a workshop at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (See Publishers Weekly)

What’s New with My Poetry (What’s new with My Books is here)

I am honored that one of my poems introduces the second edition of Sylvia Vardell‘s fabulous resource book, Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children.

I am beyond proud that three of my poems appear on
Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt’s homepage ~
When Mom Plays Just for Me, Ice Cream Soup, and Winterku!

To your right are links to my poems for the month of April from 2010-2015. I’ve included poetry prompts in some of them so you can write your own poem…or use them in a lesson plan.
In 2014, we’re exploring metaphors and similes, in 2013, the poems were “Ruff Drafts,” rough drafts of poems about dogs, and in 2012, all the poems are dog poems, too…followed by a poetry prompt.

And I have poems in dozens of anthologies, including several poems in each of the MARVELOUS
Poetry Friday Anthologies, (including 
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: Poems for the School Year Integrating Science, Reading, and Language)

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science
Peruse these interviews…I usually give a writing tip or exercise.
The first listing in Links on this website, is Poetry.
And here are some handy-dandy POETRY REMINDERS from WHEN YOU ARE ALONE/IT KEEPS YOU CAPONE by my mentor, Myra Cohn Livingston (emphasis is mine):
    • Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.
    • Anything in the world can be the subject of a poem.
    • You can’t write a meaningful poem without feeling strongly about it.
    • You don’t have to worry about spelling until after your poem is written and you want to share it.
    • Poetry is more than a series of facts or statements.
    • Word pictures are the art of poetry.
    • Every word counts in poetry.
    • Poetry is imagination and imagery.
    • You can communicate an idea or feeling by comparing two things.
    • Poetry is “the best choice of words.”
    • Rhyme is a tool of poetry to be used properly, not artificially.
    • Punctuation is for the purpose of making a poem easier to read.

You, too, can make yourself a poet’s hat!

See also Myra’s marvelous book, POEM-MAKING.
This book is written for perhaps a ten-year-old reading level—perfect for me!


Here’s some background:

  • I studied for over 12 years was the esteemed poet, Myra Cohn Livingston (an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for over 20 years)
  • My poetry has been published in over 50 anthologies for children.
  • I’m connected to the universe of children’s poets in the Kidlitosphere, and am particularly engaged in Poetry Friday
  • I have published over 50 poems in Cricket Magazine, and was invited to write a poem for their anniversary issue.
  • And as for my novel in poems for young teens, Girl Coming in for a Landing (Knopf):

* winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Best Poetry Book

* winner Penn State’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Poetry

* Junior Library Guild selection

* Nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library 

   Association (ALA)

* Nominated for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers by ALA

* Selected for the California Collections by California Reader

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