The DEAR TOMATO Poet-a-Palooza!



featuring some poetry stars of


Back in 2012, we had a poet-a-palooza for the anthology of sports poems And the Crowd Goes Wild, edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer. And now…Carol-Ann’s back! This time she’s bringing us a smorgasbord of food poems to munch and savor, so let’s get on with the feast!

Carol-Ann Hoyte and DEAR TOMATO
Carol-Ann Hoyte and DEAR TOMATO

Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems is a tasty collection that brings together over 50 poems by 34 poets from around the English-speaking world — including many of our Poetry Friday pals! The poems are served in a range of different moods and forms, like any good cornucopia should be, and are garnished with the lovely black-and-white photography of Norie Wasserman.



NOW LET’S EAT: Four international courses of video poetry

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anthology than with a buffet of poetry videos, from the NWR table to yours. And what delicious morsels they are! I am thrilled to welcome four of the poets from Dear Tomato, who braved the elements — and some ponies! — to bring you these treats. So tie on your bib and sharpen your cutlery. The waiter will be around to take your drink orders shortly.

Cindy Breedlove-picCINDY BREEDLOVE (United States)

…writes poetry, gardens and watches birds in Indiana. She has had poems published in several children’s magazines and four anthologies.


Photo (c) Norie Wasserman. From DEAR TOMATO, ed. Carol-Ann Hoyte.


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…is a children’s poet and the author of three collections of humorous verse, as well as a brand-new rhyming picture book called Teatime. She has had poems published in children’s magazines and is a contributing poet to And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems and, of course, Dear Tomato. Tiffany lives in the countryside in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada, with her husband and three children. She loves to eat veggies grown in her own front yard! You can visit her online at


Photo (c) Norie Wasserman. From DEAR TOMATO, ed. Carol-Ann Hoyte.


J H Rice-bio

JH RICE (England)

…is a former primary school headteacher who writes educational materials for children. He has loved poetry since he was very young…which only sometimes feels like it was a long time ago.


Photo (c) Norie Wasserman. From DEAR TOMATO, ed. Carol-Ann Hoyte.


Matt goodfellow-pic


…is a poet and primary school teacher from Manchester, England. His poems have been published in magazines and anthologies worldwide. Matt’s high-energy performances and workshops have delighted, excited, and enthused thousands of children in schools, libraries, and bookshops across the UK. Visit his website at




How great was that? Thank you, poets, for contributing to this poet-a-palooza and sharing your wonderful work with us!



And here they are, all thirty-four of them! Click the links to see their work and find out more about these talented folks.

Alan Murphy (Ireland)

Ann Malaspina (United States)

April Halprin Wayland (United States) and on NWR

B.J. Lee (United States)

Bridget Magee (United States)

Buffy Silverman (United States) and on NWR

Carol Scholz (Australia)

Catherine Rondina (Canada)

Charles Waters (United States) and on NWR

Cindy Breedlove (United States)

Conrad Burdekin (England)

Cory Corrado (Canada)

Elizabeth Steinglass (United States)

Frances Hern (Canada) and on NWR

Greg O’Connell (New Zealand)

Helen Kemp Zax (United States)

J. Patrick Lewis (United States) and on NWR

JC Sulzenko (Canada)

J H Rice (England)

Kate Williams (Wales)

Ken Slesarik (United States) and on NWR

Kimberly O’Brien (England)

Mary Lee Hahn (United States) and on NWR

Matt Forrest Esenwine (United States)

Matt Goodfellow (England)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes (United States)

Nikki Grimes (United States) and on NWR

Philippa Rae (England)

Rob Walton (England)

Robert Heidbreder (Canada)

Robert Priest (Canada)

Stephanie Salkin (United States)

Steven Withrow (United States)

Tiffany Stone (Canada)

tomato row

Many, many thanks

to Carol-Ann, Cindy, John, Tiffany, Matt, and all the DEAR TOMATO poets for joining me at No Water River and for creating this fresh-off-the-vine poetry resource! 


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See more poems in my poetry video library. All poems (c) 2015 by their respective authors. Black-and-white photographs (c) Norie Wasserman. All rights reserved.