Announcing our 2010 Hall of Fame Poets

Hello everyone,

Today is a momentous occasion. I can annouonce our first annual Word of the Month Hall of Fame Poets. Drum roll please.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Poet is Euleta Usrey from Missouri. Our runner up is Mimi Cross from New Jersey.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Young Poet is Courtney Clawson from Ohio. Runner up is Taylor McGowan from Pennsylvania.

My thanks to all who participated, and that includes a lot of people. Dozens of poets from half a dozen countries contributed their work and tens of thousands of readers enjoyed them. Many of you leave comments now and then to let me know who you are. Most visitors elect to browse but remain silent. I’m always pleased to hear from someone for the first time.

So here we are in the first month of our second year and the word is CHANGE. Already we are receiving new poems inspired by the new word. I’m eager to report on Word of the Month next month when I present at NCTE in Orlando. I look forward to featuring selected poems and comments from teachers, students, and our adult poets.


Last few hours to vote

REMINDER: Here’s the link to the ballot boxes. /

Hi Everyone,

I had a fine time yesterday evening at the Missouri Library Association conference. I was given twenty minutes for the banquet talk and my wife clocked me at twenty-one, so I didn’t get the hook. I spoke about the life of a children’s author and the background work that prepares us for our chosen profession. My audience was mostly public library and university library people, and they were very kind.

Next Friday I’ll be part of the group of authors in Springfield at the annual Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks. Missouri State University hosts the group on its campus. I don’t know how many students will be here this year but I think the count is usually between 1,000 – 1,500. I look forward to seeing old friends again and meeting new ones.

I checked the votes a few minutes ago for our 2010 Hall of Fame Poets. In the adult division, the race is as close as one could get. Mimi Cross is ahead of Euleta Usrey by one vote. In the Young Poet group, Courtney Clawson leads Taylor McGowan by a slim 5 votes. Anything can happen in the closing hours. We still have about ten hours before the polls close.David
P.S. Thanks to those who have been letting me know which of my W.O.M. poems you prefer. “Read It Before” is slightly ahead of “Louder Than Words” and “A Sad Tale.”

Coming up: Annual Hall of Fame Poets!

BULLETIN: As of now I have no Guest Reader scheduled for this Wednesday. If you would like to share something about yourself and your journey as a writer, please let me know. If you are not into poetry but would like to share a brief sample (under 500 words) of your fiction or nonfiction for children, that’s just fine. It is NOT necessary to share any of your writing if you prefer not to do that. We’re pretty laid back around here.

Greetings all,

First I want to thank Greg Pincus for being my Featured Guest yesterday. Your comments and e-mails confirm that many readers found Greg’s remarks stimulating and informative. I’m grateful to Greg.

Some of you joined my blog after we started Word of the Month Poetry Challenge in October 2009 and may not be familiar with our original game plan. Each month we have voted for a Hall of Fame Poet and a Hall of Fame Young Poet. This month, September, concludes the first twelve month period.

During this period, no one could win a second time. Beginning next month — the start of a new cycle — everyone is once again eligible to win.

On Saturday, October 2, I will put up a ballot box to feature each of our twelve monthly winners. I’ll post all of their winning poems so we can enjoy them again, and we’ll vote to select the 2010 Hall of Fame Poet and Young Poet.

I’ve been looking forward to this event and I hope you will join me during the week of voting. I’ll close the poll on Saturday, October 9 and announce our winners on Sunday, October 10.

If any of our monthly Hall of Fame Poets want to revisit their winning entries to do a little tweaking, this is a good time to take care of it.

Meanwhile, if you still want to share a poem this month, you still have time. I won’t close submissions until Monday, September 24, at 10:00 p.m. CST. Remember, this month’s word is BOOK.