Ekphrastic Poetry
Thursday, 30 January 2020

About a week ago, my poet friend Michael Rothenberg messaged me. The message was this: This looked to me like a monster in need of a poem. So… Monster Poem #1 After artwork by Michael Rothenberg A monster bought the house next door. When it moved in, I wasn’t sure just how this creature, tall […]

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Hello, Poetry Friday friends. I haven’t seen you in a few weeks. Before I get to this week’s poem — a quick update! I took a blogging break while I was traveling with 17 other children’s authors on PJ Library’s Author Israel Adventure. It was a life-changing trip, full of new friends, amazing experiences, and lots […]

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Around this time every year, my acupuncturist reminds me that winter is a time for hibernation. It’s okay to huddle by the fire with the family, to be more “in” and less “out” (whether that’s your physical or your energetic being). When snow blankets Maryland, everyone stays in and hunkers down. At my house, we […]

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks for visiting the Poe House with me last week. I pulled a random name from the comments and Jama Rattigan is the winner of the Poe Keepsake Journal. Congratulations, Jama! Before I get to this week’s post, I want to thank Arnold Adoff and the Virginia Hamilton Conference. Last week, I […]

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Happy Poetry Friday! January is hobbling to its frigid, icy end. It’s been a cold month in Maryland, as the blue hues of my temperature scarf will attest. The annual February Poetry Project members are warming up for our month of daily writing. This year’s project theme is “Ekphrastic at Home.” Each day, a member of […]

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Happy 2018, poets and poetry lovers. Before you know it, February will be here. That’s right. It’s almost time for our annual daily writing workout. A little history: For four years, my blog hosted a community poetry project. In 2013, I celebrated my birthday month by writing every day in response to vintage postcards. I mailed the […]

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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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