Held this year in Chicago from May 11 – 13, the “BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.” Here, in the Lerner booth, Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song is featured in the center of their banner. Coming in… Read More
I’ve entered a few poetry contests this year, including one co-sponsored by Garrison Keillor and Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota. We were to write a poem specifically about gratitude. To write about something so abstract isn’t easy. But ever since I sent mine in, I’m finding myself grateful for more and more —… Read More
I woke to a gorgeous sunrise, but didn’t have my camera with me. Here is the poem that came after. rosy clouds rimmed with gold stack and rearrange themselves: china teacups in a blue cupboard Happy Mother’s Day
In honor of World Poetry Day, the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) just announced the winners of its “Enchanted Places & Spaces” poetry contest, inspired by Margarita Engle’s lovely memoir in verse, Enchanted Air. The winning entries were selected by Engle herself. Winner: London Shah “Desi Donation” Runner-up: Matt Forrest “Last Autumn” Runner-up: Me —… Read More
… even if we don’t notice.