And our June Hall of Fame Poet is . . .

I’m proud to announce that this month’s Hall of Fame Poet is from my own hometown! Virginia (V.L.) Gregory is our top vote getter and so will wear the crown for the month of June. Congratulations, Virginia. Way to go for Springfield, Missouri! Obviously I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed your poem.

Steven Withrow and Liz Korba also did well but are ineligible to win again during this twelve-month period. Julie Krantz, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and Cherie Geisler Neal also made a run at winning this month and I’m sure they will continue to grow their fan bases as we go along.

My thanks as always to everyone who participated in June as a poet, a reader, or a voter. Here’s to July and another bumper crop of poems inspired by one word.

And the word for July? What else? ITCH. Make you think of anything? I’m eager to see what your fertile minds scratch up.

I have more good news. We are getting quite a lineup of Guest Readers on tap for the coming weeks. Tomorrow you’ll meet Carol-Ann Hoyte. Ken Slesarik is up on July 7 and he’s followed by Wendy Singer on July 14 and Nancy Gow on July 21. Wendy and Nancy took Carol-Ann’s advice to send me a picture and poem. They all live in Montreal.

I hope many others will take Carol-Ann’s advice too!

Sometime soon we’ll have another Friday Featured Guest. As we speak, Charles Waters is at work on an interview. So we have plenty to look forward to this summer and we’ve hardly begun!


The winners and the new word!

My thanks to everyone who participated in December’s Word of the Month challenge. We had a record number of adults and students who wrote poems inspired by “bone” and shared their work for us all to enjoy. As of midnight last night CST the final count gave us our December Hall of Fame Poets and runners-up:

In the adult category our December Hall of Fame Poet is Linda Kulp from Frederick, Maryland. Congratulations, Linda! Second place goes to Marjie DeWilde from Springfield, Missouri and Steven Withrow from Cumberland, Rhode Island, placed third. Mimi Cross from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey garnered the second highest vote tally even though as our October Hall of Fame Poet she is ineligible to win again before October, 2010. Way to go, Mimi.

Our Young Hall of Fame Poet for December is Priya Shah from Monocacy Middle School in Frederick, Maryland, who ran away with the contest. Congratulations Priya! A number of young poets clustered around second and third place. Finally it was Josh from Boyd Elementary in Springfield, Missouri, Hope Murphy from Maumee Valley Country Day in Toledo, Ohio, and Karena Amy(also from Maumee Valley Country Day) tied for second place. Good going kids! We’re very proud of you and we know that your teachers, family, classmates, and friends are too.

And now for the new challenge word for January 2010. A little drum roll please. The word is “time.” What can you do with time? I am eager to read your efforts!