A couple of days ago Jane Yolen posted a poem here that she wrote in the airport as she waited to board a transatlantic flight. I don’t know if she pecked it out on her phone or was sitting on an airport bench with an iPad on her lap. However she did it, writing a poem was one of the last things she did before boarding her plane. I say one of her last things because who knows what else she wrote in those closing minutes before she had to put her toys away for a while.
We talk again and again about how writers somehow manage to write in spite of distractions that everyone faces. This made me wonder about unusual places where other writers have put their time to good use.
When my mother entered her last years, she was prone to wind up in ER when she had a sinking spell. I would go with her and sit in her room during the several hours that it invariably took to get her tested and out of there. One night I spent eight hours sitting in a chair while Mom was tested and eventually admitted overnight. I had a small note pad and a pencil in my pocket so I wrote a 670-word article for my Poet Profile in Sylvia Vardell’s book, POETRY ALOUD HERE.
So what about the rest of you? Tell us about the most unusual places you’ve managed to get off some writing. I’d love to know.
Yesterday Janet Wong posted that GIFT TAG, the e-book published by Pomelo, has been selected by CBC (Children’s Book Council) for its 2015 Gifts Galore list. The description says that 28 poets from the PoetryTagTime and P*TAG e-books reflect on a wide variety of holiday subjects. Editors: Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Here’s the link. http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc-book-lists/gifts-galore
When I congratulated Janet and Sylvia, Janet pointed out that a book of mine is on the same list. It’s A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, published by Holiday House and beautifully illustrated by Italian artist Roberta Angaramo.
Good news from Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, dba Pomelo Books.
I’ll use Janet’s words to explain.
“Earlier this year we started shuffling the poems (in Poetry Friday Anthology for Science). A LOT of shuffling and reshuffling and RESHUFFLING later, we now have a new Children’s Edition with 248 poems, none of the Take 5 mini-lessons, and no grade-level groupings—just the poems organized by topics (and embellished with black-and-white illustrations by Frank Ramspott and Bug Wang). Our hope is that teachers and librarians will continue to use the Teacher Edition but that they’ll also buy the Children’s Edition to allow kids to follow along in their own books (or to take home for reading on their own).”
Way to go, Janet and Sylvia! I’m told that the Remix is now available and is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” title!
It is available on Amazon and also from QEP Books. Here are links:
I’m pleased to be one of the 78 poets in this collection and am happy that our editors/publishers are providing such a valuable tool to support classroom science studies.
Congratulations to Sylvia Vardell for her newest title, POETRY ALOUD HERE 2.
This is a comprehensive, user-friendly roundup of what is what and who is who in children’s poetry and follows her original POETRY ALOUD HERE published in 2006. Chapters include “Why Make Poetry a Priority?”, “Which Poets Are Popular?”, “What Poetry Do Children Enjoy?”, “How Do You Promote Poetry?”, “How Do You Present Poetry to Children?”, and “What Happens after You Share the Poem?”
My copy arrived a few days ago and the wait was certainly worth it. Sylvia is a professor at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Library and Information Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature. She is recognized as one our leading authorities on children’s poets and poetry and I’m grateful to see her latest book in print.
Many of you also know her through her partnership with Janet Wong that has produced a growing number of poetry anthologies for the classroom under their imprint, Pomelo Books, including Poetry Friday Anthology (K-5), Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday for Middle School. The dynamic duo also collaborated on PoetryTagTime (K-5), P*TAG (for teens), and Gift Tag (holiday poems for K-8).
If you don’t follow Sylvia’s wonderful blog, start today! It’s a professional must. Today she talks about her new book so I urge you to read and enjoy what she has to say. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/
Way to go, Sylvia! And thank you!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Here’s part of a note from Christopher Boucher, Managing Editor of POST ROAD. This might be of interest to my west coast friends.
“Dear Issue 26 Contributors,
I’m writing, first, to thank you again for allowing us to showcase your work in Issue 26 of Post Road. I hope that you’re pleased with the issue – we certainly are; the consensus here is that it’s one of the strongest issues that we’ve ever produced. We’ll be featuring PR26 at this year’s AWP Conference, which begins on Thursday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. If you’re attending AWP, please stop by our table (J10) and say hello.