National Poetry Month 2012

Poetry Month 2012: A Preview of Delights to Come


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Poetry Month 2012 starts on Sunday, folks! And lest you think I’d forgotten all about it, I thought I’d put up this little preview to whet your appetites for the delicious poetry coming your way.

I have spent the better part of March coercing poets into the great outdoors to make poetry videos, and then subjecting them to my usual silly interviews. I am happy to report that the children’s poetry world is full of good sports and generous souls, ten of which will be entertaining us this month. And you won’t believe who’s coming to visit! Look under the poster!

National Poetry Month 2012 poster

[heading style=”1″]Look who’s coming to visit![/heading]

Check in every Monday and Friday to see these great poets!
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April 2 ~ Kenn Nesbitt * Author of The Tighty Whitey Spider and many other poetry and chapter books

April 6 ~ Amy Ludwig VanDerwater * Author of Forest Has a Song (2013) and poems featured in several anthologies

April 9 ~ Laura Purdie Salas * Author of A Leaf Can Be… and more than 100 other books for kids and teens

April 13 ~ Deborah Diesen * Author of The Pout-Pout Fish and several other best-selling rhyming picture books

April 16 ~ Greg Pincus * Author of a work-in-progress MG novel for Arthur A. Levine Books, screenwriter, poet, and social media consultant

April 18 ~ Charles Waters * Writer, actor, and poetry performer, formerly with Poetry Alive!

April 20 ~ Irene Latham * Author of The Color of Lost Rooms, several other books of verse, and a YA novel

April 23 ~ Julie Larios * Author of Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures, several other poetry books, and poems featured in the Best American Poetry series

April 27 ~ Lee Wardlaw * Author of Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and dozens of picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and MG/YA novels

April 30 ~ J. Patrick Lewis * U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, Author of Take Two! A Celebration of Twins with Jane Yolen and over 50 other books of poetry for children


I have also been lucky to meet several other bloggers who are helping me get the word out about Poetry Month at No Water River. I will post these to the No Water River Facebook page as they happen, and update this list with links and dates throughout the month.

March 27: Jama Rattigan listed NWR in her roundup of Poetry Month events at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

March 30: Linda Baie at Teacher Dance did a lovely write-up on the event, and featured one of my poems, too!

April 1: Irene Latham has compiled a list of Poetry Month activities on her blog Live Your Poem.

April 4: I wrote a guest post for Katie Davis’s blog, talking about the event and why I make poets stand outside and film themselves.

April 11/13: Jone at Deo Writer interviewed me on the 11th and shared my poem “Scaredy Cats” on the 13th.

April 25: Rena Traxel at On the Way to Somewhere interviewed me and shared my poem “Ugly Pants.”

April 26: Eric Van Raepenbusch of Happy Birthday, Author! celebrated my birthday with some activities for my poetry book Lizard Lou.



I am also taking part in a couple of events:

A to Z Poetry – A poem a day in April at Rena Traxel’s blog

Progressive Poem – A poem started by Irene Latham that will travel to 26 other poets who will each add a line. You can follow the schedule in my sidebar.