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: 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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Poetry Month 2013: The Progressive Poem, Day 17

2013 Progressive Poem

It’s here! Started by the lovely poetess Irene Latham, the Progressive Poem is a group poem that’s been traveling around the blogosphere all month, with each writer adding one line. Yesterday, Liz Steinglass added her soaring line and passed the flaming baton to me. This is my stream of consciousness process, coming to you live… For last […]

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Poetry Friday: “Fiesta for Fractions” by M. M. Socks

Saludos, math geeks! When I was in high school, literary types like me could choose between three years of math or three years of science instead of being tortured by both. Since science would have required spending the summer catching bugs and pinning their hard-shelled but lifeless bodies to styrofoam, I opted for the lesser evil […]

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