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Welcome to my month-long #WaterPoemProject, Poetry Friday friends. It’s Day 5. All week, we have been writing in response to prompts about water. If you’re new to this project, please read the Introduction and FAQ. Or you can watch this video of me describing how to participate. It’s on the YouTube channel Authors Everywhere. For #WaterPoemProject regulars who are new to […]

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

It’s Day 4 of our month-long #WaterPoemProject.  If you’re new to this project, please read the Introduction and FAQ. Or you can watch this video of me describing how to participate. It’s on the YouTube channel Authors Everywhere. I’m excited to welcome verse novelist Shari Green to our project. She’s got a great writing prompt for us […]

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Welcome back to our month-long WaterPoemProject.  It’s Day 3. If you’re new to this project, please read the Introduction and FAQ. Children’s poet and school librarian Linda Mitchell is sharing the writing prompt today. Linda’s poetry prompt is a Found Haiku using Wonderopolis You may have tried writing a haiku before. (Check out children’s poet Kenn Nesbitt’s […]

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Welcome back to our month-long #WaterPoemProject.  It’s Day 2. If you’re new to this project, please read the Introduction and FAQ. Today our surprise writing prompt creator is children’s poet Elizabeth Steinglass.   Liz’s poetry prompt is: What Would a Raindrop Say? Precipitation is water that falls to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, hail, or mist. […]

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Welcome poets, to Day 1 of our month-long #WaterPoemProject. If you’re new to this project, please read the Introduction and FAQ. I couldn’t think of a better person to kick things off than children’s poet (and my dear friend) Irene Latham. Irene’s poetry prompt is: The Language of Water “How does water speak? What does […]

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

#WaterPoemProject FAQ Thanks for visiting the project FAQ. Please post any questions in the comments. I will be adding to the Q&A throughout the project. For Educators and Adults Q: How do I find the prompt of the day? A: Writing prompts from authors will be posted each evening on Laura Shovan’s blog and on […]

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Dear Educators and Parents, I am putting together a community poetry project for kids. Adults can play along too. [Note: This is a condensed version of this introduction. To read the full post, please visit the Nerdy Book Club blog.] I run an annual poetry writing project for adults. For one month, participants receive a […]

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Happy Poetry Friday, everyone. How are you doing in these times of social distancing and self-quarantines? I have a DIY writing prompt for educators and parents to share with kids at home today. And I also have a BIG announcement! Announcement first: Due to the number of children who are learning at home right now, […]

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Happy Poetry Friday, everyone. Despite the social distancing, book festival cancellations, and school closures, I’m glad we can meet online as usual to share our love of poetry. 2020 is an important year for me. Ten years ago, in February 2010, my first book was published. You can read about  Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone (CityLit […]

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Happy Poetry Friday and happy almost Leap Day! Do you know any Leap Day babies? How do they celebrate? 2020 marks a huge anniversary for me. Ten years ago this month, my first book was published. You can read about my poetry chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone (CityLit Press, 2010) in Part 1 of […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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