Press Release Fun: 30 Poets, 30 Days – An Incredible Line Up
Poetry Month is going to have it fair share of cool events and venues. In the children’s literary blogosphere, however, only one guy has the hook up. That would be Gregory K. of Gotta Book. Check out what he has going on for the upcoming month:
Every day in April, I’ll be posting a previously unpublished poem by a different poet. Here’s the alphabetical list of who’s participating:
Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O’Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, April Halprin Wayland, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.
We’ll launch on Tuesday, April 1, with former Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky‘s new “A Little Poem For Poetry Month.” We’ll end April 30th with “Books & Me” by Pat Mora to help celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). And every day in between will bring something new. You can follow along here and via 30poets30days on Twitter.
There will be a lot of other poetry related fun going on in the Kidlitosphere during April, including…
– at the Miss Rumphius Effect, Tricia has a great series called Poetry Makers featuring interviews with 36 (!!!) poets.
– at Poetry For Children, Sylvia Vardell will be reviewing a new children’s poetry book every day.
– at the Pencil Talk blog, Anastasia Suen will be collecting school poems written by children throughout April… and posting one each day.
– and of course there’s Poetry Friday every week… plus much, much more, so look for updates here at the blog throughout the month.
I want to thank all the poets for their generosity and enthusiasm, and I particularly want to single out J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt for going above and beyond the call in helping me put this event together. Also, special thanks to my brother Jon and all the folks who’ve given me ideas and support along the way. If there has been any frustration in organizing this event at all, it’s only that there are so many other wonderfully talented people writing poetry for kids and it was hard not to invite them all. But that’s why I plan to make this an annual celebration.
I’m really looking forward to April. I hope you’ll all come join the fun!
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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