Friday, April 30, 2010

In Praise of Poets

There are not sufficient words to express the gratitude I have for the amazing writers who were kind enough to share a bit of themselves in this year's Poetry Maker series. I will be forever in their debt. Here they are, one last time, in alphabetical order. Do stop by and learn more about them and their work if you haven't already.
  1. Francisco X. Alarcón
  2. Kathi Appelt
  3. Brod Bagert
  4. Carmen Bernier-Grand
  5. Sharon Creech
  6. Kurt Cyrus
  7. Kalli Dakos
  8. Gene Fehler
  9. Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
  10. Nikki Giovanni
  11. Nikki Grimes
  12. David Harrison
  13. Juanita Havill
  14. Anna Grossnickle Hines
  15. Mary Ann Hoberman
  16. Patricia Hubbell
  17. X.J. Kennedy
  18. Ron Koertge
  19. Bruce Lansky
  20. JonArno Lawson
  21. Marjorie Maddox
  22. Heidi Mordhorst
  23. Michael J. Rosen
  24. Deborah Ruddell
  25. Alice Schertle
  26. Charles R. Smith, Jr.
  27. Hope Anita Smith
  28. Eileen Spinelli
  29. Stephen Swinburne
  30. April Halprin Wayland
  31. Jenny Whitehead
  32. Allan Wolf
I should tell you that I still have one poet left to highlight. I am patiently waiting (waiting, waiting) for permission to reprint poems and/or excerpts on this blog, so the post is on hold for the time being. When I receive the go-ahead you'll be very happy to learn about James Carter. In the meantime, why not check out his web site and pay him a visit?

I hope you have enjoyed the series. Believe it or not, I'm already working on ideas for next year. My wish list includes names like John Grandits, Walter Dean Myers, Jack Prelutsky, Paul Fleischman, Gary Soto, Ashley Bryan, Margarita Engle, George Ella Lyon, Naomi Nye, Heidi Stemple, Sara Holbrook, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Judy Sierra, Karma Wilson and many others!

Finally, National Poetry Month might be ending, but poetry can be found in every day. I hope that you'll continue to carry it with you.


  1. Tricia,

    Congratulations! You did an amazing job putting all these wonderful interviews together. I've had a hard time keeping up with reading all of the special National Poetry Months posts in the kiditosphere. I've been so busy writing my own posts for Wild Rose Reader. I didn't plan ahead like you, Greg, Sylvia, Jama, and so many other bloggers.

    Now you can sit back, put your feet up, and relax--I hope!

  2. Thank you so much for making Poetry Month so exuberant! It's been hard keeping up with all the wonderfulness, and I can rarely read and comment, too, but I wanted to let you know how much your work is appreciated. Enjoy May!

  3. Thank you for another unbelievably amazing month of Poetry Makers. Can't believe you're already planning for next year! Wait, I *can* believe it. :)

  4. You are doing a phenomenal job here. I am going to spend the next month reading these posts. Thank you for all you do.

  5. Tricia--I have LOVED reading your posts every morning all month! Thank you very much! I will now have to find my poetry fix in more traditional ways. I will say, between these events (here and at Gottabook and Poetry for Children, also Jama's) and participating in Poetry Stretch, I have started to keep a daily poetry journal, and it really makes me happy. So thank you for that, too!