Poetry Picture Book: “How to Draw a Dragon” by Douglas Florian

Yay! Hooray! It’s Douglas Florian Day! While researching this post, I came across an interview in which the interviewer asks poet and artist Douglas Florian where he begins a new project, and Douglas says “Duluth.” Now, you see — that’s exactly what I like about Douglas. He’s a wry guy! He’s a whimsical guy! Look, here […]

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Blog Tour! “Soccer Ball” by Joan Bransfield Graham + Giveaway!

A sports-loving boy who can’t stop writing poetry? That sounds like a great premise for a book! Gee, I’m surprised no one has written that yet…oh, wait! Someone has! And it’s Joan Bransfield Graham! Joan’s new book came out just yesterday, and I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for it, which was kicked […]

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Poetry Friday: “When You Wander” by Margarita Engle

Hug a tree. Wait for me. That seems like pretty good advice for just about any occasion. But it’s especially good when you’re lost, as today’s guest Margarita Engle teaches us in a most poetic way. You might know Margarita as the Newbery Honor-winning poet behind novels in verse like these with lots of fancy […]

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Poetry Friday: Poems from the Writers’ Renaissance, Florence, Italy

Buongiorno, amici miei! Benvenuti! We’re in Italy today! Back in April, I left for Florence at the crack of dawn to tape some poetry videos with the delightful women participating in Julie Hedlund’s Writers’ Renaissance Retreat. The whosie whatsit, you say? Well, first things first. This is Julie Hedlund, hard at work on one of her […]

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Classic Poems Series: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe + Poetry Comic Illustrator Julian Peters

Get out your hankies! I am getting right to the goods this week, because they are THAT GOOD. Last September when I was researching my post for “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats, I ran into this: It’s Yeats! Manga-style! And there was a whole poetry comic attached for his poem “When […]

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