Poetry Friday

It’s Poetry Friday! This week’s host is Jama Kim Rattigan at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She is celebrating National Chocolate Cookie Day. Stop by for some treats and all of this week’s Poetry Friday links. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many events have been cancelled. From big-arena concerts (I had tickets to see Ringo Starr in June) […]

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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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Hi, Poetry Friday friends. Are you ready for a robot invasion? I have a new robot friend. Its name is Po-M. Po-M Bot is helping me with this week’s post. We recently received a book from a robot-loving friend, author-illustrator Michael Rex. It’s called FACTS VS. OPINIONS VS. ROBOTS. As an educator, I love this […]

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Thursday, 6 February 2020

This week, I’d like to thank Margarita Engle for her activism and advocacy during her term as Young People’s Poets Laureate and beyond. I recently read her sweeping history of Latin Americans in what is now the United States, Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems. I shared […]

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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, 23 January 2020

Quick post this week, my poetry friends. One of my first reads of the new year was David F. Walker’s fantastic graphic biography, The Life of Frederick Douglass, illustrated by Damon Smyth and Marissa Louise (2019). (Publisher info here.) I’d taken this book out of the library. As soon as I returned it, I went […]

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Happy Poetry Friday, everyone. I wanted to do NaNoWriMo this year, but knew I wasn’t ready to work on a new a novel. So I set myself a different task: RoPoWriMo. That’s RObot POem WRIting MOnth. My goal was to write a robot poem every day in November, with the ultimate aim of drafting 40 […]

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Happy POEtry Friday, everyone. I’m excited that so many of you are coming to Baltimore next week for the National Council of Teacher of English conference. Lucky me — I get to host Poetry Friday friends Kat Apel and Irene Latham for a few days! To put everyone in a Charm City mood, I am […]

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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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