REMINDER: TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A WORD OF THE MONTH POEM FOR MARCH. CUT OFF IS TONIGHT AT 10:00 P.M. CST. So far this month we’ve received 28 poems from 24 adult poets and 8 poems from 8 young poets.
My guest this Friday is J. Patrick Lewis. Pat is one our nation’s most active and accomplished poets and I’m delighted to welcome him to my blog. To give you a bit of background information about Pat, here’s a brief bio.
J. Patrick Lewis has published 65 children’s poetry and picture books to date with Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, DK, Ink, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle Books, Scholastic, Candlewick, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press and others. His 2010 titles include Kindergarten Cat; Mr. Nickel & Mrs. Dime; Skywriting: Poems in Flight; First Dog’s White House Christmas; and Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers: A Life of Marc Chagall in Verse (with Jane Yolen).
A Ford Foundation Fellow, Pat, his wife and three children were the first American family to live for a year in the Soviet Union (1972-73) on the US-USSR Cultural Exchange Program, where he did research for his doctoral dissertation (The Ohio State University). He has returned to Russia ten times.
His first book of poems—Gulls Hold Up the Sky—is forthcoming from Laughing Fire Press. His poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, new renaissance, Kansas Quarterly, Santa Barbara Review, Fine Madness, Sycamore Review, Light Quarterly (over 100 times), and many others.Pat continues to make 23-30 author visits each year. He has visited 400 elementary schools here and abroad. You can visit him at www.jpatricklewis.com .